Definition of wardrober in English:



  • 1A person in charge of maintaining and supplying the clothing, furnishings, etc., for a household, especially that of a monarch, noble, bishop, or other wealthy or important person; especially an official in charge of, or employed in, the royal wardrobe. Compare "wardrobe". Also figurative. Now historical or archaic.

  • 2Originally and chiefly US. A person in charge of maintaining and supplying costumes for a theatre, film studio, etc. Now also: a stylist.


Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Lydgate (c1370–c1449), poet and prior of Hatfield Regis. From wardrobe + -er, after Anglo-Norman garderober, gardrober, Anglo-Norman and Middle French garderobier, also Anglo-Norman warderoper.