noun cab·i·net \ ˈkab-nit , ˈka-bə- \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of cabinet

1 a : 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
c : console 4a
d : a chamber having temperature and humidity controls and used especially for incubating biological samples
2 a archaic : a small room providing seclusion
b : a small exhibition room in a museum
3 a 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

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

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Origin and Etymology of cabinet

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

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Definition of cabinet

1 : of or relating to a governmental cabinet (see 1cabinet 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
3 a : used or adapted for cabinetmaking
b : done or used by a cabinetmaker

Origin and Etymology of cabinet

CABINET Defined for English Language Learners



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


noun cab·i·net \ ˈka-bə-nət , ˈkab-nət \

Definition of cabinet for Students

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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