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cabinet

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noun cab·i·net \ˈkab-nit, ˈka-bə-\

Simple Definition of cabinet

  • : a piece of furniture that is used for storing things and usually has doors and shelves

  • : a group of people who give advice to the leader of a government

Full Definition of cabinet

  1. 1 a :  a case or cupboard usually having doors and shelves b :  a collection of specimens especially of biological or numismatic interest c :  console 4a d :  a chamber having temperature and humidity controls and used especially for incubating biological samples

  2. 2 a archaic :  a small room providing seclusion b :  a small exhibition room in a museum

  3. 3 a archaic (1) :  the private room serving as council chamber of the chief councillors or ministers of a sovereign (2) :  the consultations and actions of these councillors b (1) often capitalized :  a body of advisers of a head of state (2) :  a similar advisory council of a governor of a state or a mayor c British :  a meeting of a cabinet

  4. 4 New England :  milk shake

Examples of cabinet

  1. a member of the President's Cabinet

  2. <the most precious knickknacks were kept in a cabinet with glass doors>



Origin of cabinet

Middle French, small room, diminutive of Middle French dialect (Picard) cabine gambling house


First Known Use: circa 1550

Other Furniture and Woodworking Terms


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cabinet

adjective cab·i·net

Definition of cabinet

  1. 1 :  of or relating to a governmental cabinet

  2. 2 :  suitable by reason of size for a small room or by reason of attractiveness or perfection for preservation and display in a cabinet

  3. 3 a :  used or adapted for cabinetmaking b :  done or used by a cabinetmaker



1631

First Known Use of cabinet

1631




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