quingentenary

Pronounced: kwin-jen-TEN-uh-ree, noun

Notes: a handy word to know

Yesterday’s word

The word garderobe means

  • a wardrobe or its contents
  • a private room : bedroom
  • privy, toilet
Background

The word comes from the French word garder (guard), and originally meant a room or closet in which clothing was stored. Its use was extended to mean a private bedroom and bathroom.

First used

The word first entered the language in the 1400s; although it is still used today (most likely in a description of an old castle), the usage has diminished since the 1800s.

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Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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