cabinet

noun
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

cabinet

adjective

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

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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

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Dennis Nnamani, who works in the cabinet of the Igwe, or traditional ruler, in Apaugo, told me. Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, The New Yorker, "The Descendants of Slaves in Nigeria Fight for Equality," 11 July 2019 As has become common, his cabinet members and a handful of outsiders offered up gushing praise. Heather Timmons, Quartz, "The Trump White House tries to rewrite its own history on the environment," 9 July 2019 In 2016, the final year of the Obama administration - when Castro was in the cabinet, as secretary of housing and urban development - those two charges alone accounted for more than half of all federal prosecutions. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Julian Castro would repeal illegal entry as a crime. Is that an 'open borders' policy?," 6 July 2019 Next year's Olympics in Tokyo are likely to a big target, since the lone silverware missing from his trophy cabinet — which must be the size of a mansion — is an Olympic gold in singles. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Roger Federer: The power and presence of the $120 million man," 27 June 2019 Zinke’s also been one of the more impactful cabinet members, making decisions that will have lasting consequences for energy development and environment. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Ryan Zinke to resign as Interior Secretary at the end of the year," 15 Dec. 2018 The results will be presented to Scott and two cabinet members picked by him, sitting as the state’s canvassing board, for final approval — that’s scheduled for next week, pending court action. Terry Spencer, The Seattle Times, "Is Florida really screwed up? Its election recount explained," 14 Nov. 2018 Two top Brexiteers, David Davis and Boris Johnson, resigned from the cabinet this week after a critical meeting last Friday set a new direction for negotiations. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "As clock ticks down, Britain finally reveals its plan for Brexit. What now?," 11 July 2018 The eventual solution represented a bit of outside-the-bowl thinking: the construction of two additional stands that protrude from openings on either end of the stadium, uncovered by the roof, like enormous drawers pulled from a cabinet. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "If You’re Afraid of Heights but Going to the World Cup, Don’t Sit Here," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of cabinet

Noun

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

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

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cabinet

noun

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

cabinet

noun
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

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