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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Inter Milan will enter the tournament fresh off the victory of winning the Serie A — the top flight in Italy — for the first time since 2010, adding to the club’s distinctive trophy cabinet. Julia Poe,, 4 June 2021 Megan handled the painting, first hand-sanding the cabinet boxes and using an orbital sander on the doors and drawers. Sarah Egge, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 June 2021 Catherine insists that the presence of Bill’s particular blend of lotion in Lila’s medicine cabinet points to a deeper relationship, and the scent of it re-traumatizes her heavily. Sean T. Collins, Vulture, 3 June 2021 The time has come to bridge the gulf between the way that the climate crisis is discussed by White House and cabinet officials and how it is currently being experienced. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 2 June 2021 Several also have been fired over the years from cabinet jobs by Netanyahu, including Naftali Bennett, who is on deck to become prime minister under the coalition agreement, and Yair Lapid, the opposition leader. Washington Post, 2 June 2021 Biden said in a speech on Wednesday Harris will be joined on the tour by her husband, second gentleman Doug Emhoff, first lady Jill Biden and cabinet secretaries. Andrew Solender, Forbes, 2 June 2021 The politicians are racing to agree on the government’s agenda and cabinet portfolios ahead of a midnight Wednesday deadline. Dov Lieber, WSJ, 1 June 2021 Our winners are so effective—and beautiful—that there’s no need to hide them behind a shower curtain or medicine cabinet door. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 1 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And Vivek Murthy was confirmed as surgeon general, a sub-cabinet level position. USA Today, 3 June 2021 President Biden has tapped Mr. Kahl for undersecretary of defense for policy, one of the most important non-cabinet jobs in the federal government. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2021

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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

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The first known use of cabinet was circa 1550

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9 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Cabinet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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


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