One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A department of the royal household responsible for supplying household goods and keeping accounts of the king’s privy purse; (also) the goods administered by this department considered collectively; a building or location used by this department for storage and administration. Compare "wardrobe"Master of the Great Wardrobe. historical after 18th cent.
Late Middle English. After post-classical Latin magna garderoba and Anglo-Norman grant warderobe.
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