noun \ˈklä-zət, ˈkl-\

: a usually small room that is used for storing things (such as clothing, towels, or dishes)

: a state in which someone will not talk about something or admit something; especially : a state in which someone will not admit being a homosexual

Full Definition of CLOSET

a :  an apartment or small room for privacy
b :  a monarch's or official's private chamber
:  a cabinet or recess for especially china, household utensils, or clothing
:  a place of retreat or privacy
:  a state or condition of secrecy, privacy, or obscurity <came out of the closet>
clos·et·ful \-ˌfl\ noun

Examples of CLOSET

  1. The sheets and blankets are in the hall closet.
  2. He has a closet full of new clothes.

Origin of CLOSET

Middle English, from Anglo-French closett, diminutive of clos enclosure — more at close
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to CLOSET

cuddy, cupboard, pantry, press

Other Furniture and Woodworking Terms

appoint, credenza, mission, settee

Rhymes with CLOSET


transitive verb

: to put (yourself) in a room in order to be alone

: to bring (someone) into a room in order to talk privately

Full Definition of CLOSET

:  to shut up in or as if in a closet
:  to take into a closet for a secret interview

Examples of CLOSET

  1. He closeted himself in his apartment for several days.
  2. <he closeted himself in his study, vowing not to emerge until he had finished the term paper>

First Known Use of CLOSET




: hiding the fact that you are a particular type of person

Full Definition of CLOSET

:  closely private
:  working in or suited to the closet as the place of seclusion or study :  theoretical
:  being so in private <a closet racist>

Examples of CLOSET

  1. Some people think he's a closet homosexual.

First Known Use of CLOSET

circa 1615


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