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

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 There is a lot of hardware in a bathroom, including cabinet knobs, towel bars, sink faucets, and toilet flush handles. Sarah Egge, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Aug. 2022 Taiwan’s cabinet spokesperson Lo Ping-cheng said in a Wednesday news conference that the government had enhanced security at key infrastructure points and increased the level of cybersecurity alertness across government offices. Brad Lendon, CNN, 4 Aug. 2022 Former members of Trump’s cabinet and even Trump’s own family now acknowledge the election was legitimate, but misinformation efforts peddling conspiracy theories continue to affect the U.S. election landscape. Melissa Brown, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2022 Tuesday, in a town hall meeting in White Hall that included the heads of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency -- two members of President Joe Biden’s cabinet -- Holcomb let loose with a tearful plea for help. Dennis Pillion |, al, 3 Aug. 2022 Sydney, the sous-chef, has a cabinet stuffed with medication for heartburn and ulcers, problems that may have been sparked by a failed attempt to run her own business. New York Times, 3 Aug. 2022 The body of the system is meant to evoke the shape of a classic arcade cabinet and is laser-cut out of cardboard for easy assembly. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 3 Aug. 2022 After reading through our picks, check out our other advice for improving the form and functionality of your kitchen, including this primer on cabinet paints and 50+ storage ideas from our kitchen pros. Dan Diclerico, Good Housekeeping, 2 Aug. 2022 Sri Lanka’s cabinet spokesman Bandula Gunawardena said on Tuesday that Mr. Rajapaksa wasn’t in hiding and was expected to return. Philip Wen And Tripti Lahiri, WSJ, 31 July 2022 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 See More

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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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“Cabinet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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