cab·​i·​net | \ ˈkab-nit How to pronounce cabinet (audio) , ˈka-bə- \

Definition of cabinet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a case or cupboard usually having doors and shelves a kitchen cabinet a medicine cabinet
b : a collection of specimens especially of biological or numismatic interest a butterfly display cabinet
d : a chamber having temperature and humidity controls and used especially for incubating biological samples
2a archaic : a small room providing seclusion
b : a small exhibition room in a museum
3a 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 the president's cabinet
(2) : a similar advisory council of a governor of a state or a mayor
c British : a meeting of a cabinet
4 New England : milkshake



Definition of cabinet (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to a governmental cabinet (see cabinet entry 1 sense 3b) held a cabinet meeting
2 : suitable by reason of size for a small room or by reason of attractiveness or perfection for preservation and display in a cabinet porcelain cabinet plates
3a : used or adapted for cabinetmaking
b : done or used by a cabinetmaker

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of cabinet in a Sentence

Noun a member of the President's Cabinet the most precious knickknacks were kept in a cabinet with glass doors
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Johnson’s inexperienced cabinet, selected for fealty to Brexit over anything else, has proved inept and out of its depth. Rachel Shabi, The New York Review of Books, "The Pro-Privatization Shock Therapy of the UK’s Covid Response," 8 July 2020 The distrust between the two men has become palpable, but critics charge that what has not emerged from the government or its coronavirus cabinet is a lucid, definitive plan for containing the second wave of coronavirus. Oren Liebermann, CNN, "The man who had coronavirus firmly in his grasp, only to see it slip through his fingers," 8 July 2020 My personal favorite is cardamom, so rake over your spice cabinet — cinnamon, star anise, nutmeg and even peppercorns are all fair game. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Making simple syrup really is easy. Here’s how to jazz it up with infused flavors.," 6 July 2020 Storing glasses is best when in a closed cabinet and even better if that door has glass and lighting on the inside for drama. Stephanie Vaughan, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Home bar design," 4 July 2020 This site is protected by recaptcha Privacy Policy | Terms of Service Philippe and his ministers will handle government affairs until a new cabinet is named, the statement added. NBC News, "French government resigns as Macron acts to recast presidency," 3 July 2020 Our political leaders at the state and federal levels formed a national unity cabinet and suspended their usual hostilities. Hilda Bastian, Wired, "What the Data Really Says About Women Leaders and the Pandemic," 1 July 2020 Some of the remodeling projects included tiling, painting, installing molding, and building a secret linen cabinet. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Final Reveals from the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge Offer So Much Interior Design Inspiration," 24 June 2020 In the meantime, an increasing amount of army officials have joined Khan’s cabinet, increasing concerns about how much divide there really is between the country’s military and its ostensibly civilian leadership. Ian Bremmer, Time, "What Happens Next as Pakistan Lurches from Crisis to Crisis," 20 June 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cabinet.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of cabinet


circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cabinet

Noun and Adjective

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cabinet

Time Traveler for cabinet

Time Traveler

The first known use of cabinet was circa 1550

See more words from the same year

Statistics for cabinet

Last Updated

26 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cabinet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for cabinet


How to pronounce cabinet (audio)

English Language Learners 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


cab·​i·​net | \ ˈka-bə-nət How to pronounce cabinet (audio) , ˈkab-nət \

Kids Definition of cabinet

1 : a case or cupboard with shelves or drawers for storing or displaying things a medicine cabinet
2 : a group of people who act as advisers (as to the head of a country) a member of the President's cabinet

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on cabinet

What made you want to look up cabinet? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

July 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • papercraft sunset
  • Which is a synonym of mien?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!