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cabinet

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noun cab·i·net \ˈkab-nit, ˈka-bə-\

Definition of cabinet

  1. 1a :  a case or cupboard usually having doors and shelves a kitchen cabinet a medicine cabinetb :  a collection of specimens especially of biological or numismatic interest a butterfly display cabinetc :  console 4ad :  a chamber having temperature and humidity controls and used especially for incubating biological samples

  2. 2a archaic :  a small room providing seclusionb :  a small exhibition room in a museum

  3. 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 councillorsb (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 mayorc British :  a meeting of a cabinet

  4. 4 New England :  milk shake

Examples of cabinet in a sentence

  1. a member of the President's Cabinet

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

Origin and Etymology of cabinet

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


First Known Use: circa 1550

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cabinet

adjective cab·i·net

Definition of cabinet

  1. 1 :  of or relating to a governmental cabinet (see 1cabinet 3b) held a cabinet meeting

  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 porcelain cabinet plates

  3. 3a :  used or adapted for cabinetmakingb :  done or used by a cabinetmaker

Origin and Etymology of cabinet

see 1cabinet


First Known Use: 1631



CABINET Defined for English Language Learners

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cabinet

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noun cab·i·net \ˈkab-nit, ˈka-bə-\

Definition of cabinet for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

cabinet

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noun cab·i·net \ˈka-bə-nət, ˈkab-nət\

Definition of cabinet for Students

  1. 1 :  a case or cupboard with shelves or drawers for storing or displaying things a medicine cabinet

  2. 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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