General English


  • All the costumes assembled for a stage production. These areeither specially created for a play or taken from a large permanentcollection kept in the theater's wardrobe room. Larger theaters havetheir own wardrobe mistress or master, whose duties include buyingcloth, sewing the costumes, fitting actors, and making modifications,as well as cleaning, repairing, and storing costumes.

    Theatre properties can also be stored in the wardrobe room.Joseph Addison wrote in 1711 of a visit to a playhouse wardrobe inwhich he saw "daggers, poniards, wheels, bowls of poison".


  • noun a large cupboard in which clothes may be hung

Origin & History of “wardrobe”

A wardrobe was originally a room in which clothes were kept. It did not shrink to a cupboard until the 18th century. The word was borrowed from Old Northern French warderobe, a compound formed from warder ‘look after, keep’ (a relative of English ward) and robe ‘garment’.