closet

noun
clos·et | \ˈklä-zət, ˈklȯ-\

Definition of closet 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : an apartment or small room for privacy

b : a monarch's or official's private chamber

2 : a cabinet or recess for especially china, household utensils, or clothing

3 : a place of retreat or privacy

5 : a state or condition of secrecy, privacy, or obscurity came out of the closet

closet

verb
closeted; closeting; closets

Definition of closet (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to shut up in or as if in a closet

2 : to take into a closet for a secret interview

closet

adjective

Definition of closet (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : closely private

2 : working in or suited to the closet as the place of seclusion or study : theoretical

3 : being so in private a closet racist

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Other Words from closet

Noun

closetful \-ˌfu̇l \ noun

Examples of closet in a Sentence

Noun

The sheets and blankets are in the hall closet. He has a closet full of new clothes.

Verb

He closeted himself in his apartment for several days. he closeted himself in his study, vowing not to emerge until he had finished the term paper

Adjective

Some people think he's a closet homosexual.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Other hallmarks of the rooms include king size beds (relatively rare on river ships) and, in most rooms, walk-in closets. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "New Crystal Cruises river ship, Crystal Ravel, christened on Danube," 11 July 2018 The apartments feature in-unit washers and dryers, granite countertops and stainless steel kitchen appliances, LED lighting and walk-in closets. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After long debate, Germantown's Saxony Village is opening apartments aimed at millennials," 6 July 2018 Upstairs is the master suite, which features dual walk-in closets and opens to a balcony. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "‘Glee’ actress Naya Rivera rocks a home sale in Los Feliz," 6 July 2018 The master suite has a custom fireplace and his and her large walk-in closets. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Hollywood money manager buys $3.8 million Paradise Valley mansion," 25 June 2018 Taylor hid in a closet when the gunfire erupted moments later. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "'Something bad is about to happen.' Parkland shooter warned student just before carnage," 22 June 2018 One of his first deeds is to stash the TV in a closet. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Leave No Trace” and “Three Identical Strangers”," 21 June 2018 Simonetti grabbed a decorative sword that been stored in a closet that Person thinks his wife picked up at a garage sale. Eric Adler And Glenn E. Rice, kansascity, "‘KCPD murdered my only daughter,’ says mother of woman who wielded decorative sword," 15 June 2018 In fact, Bobby Kennedy stuck a ribbon and bow on the entertainer, shoved him in a closet and waited for Ethel to open the door. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "He was Daddy: How his eldest daughter remembers Bobby Kennedy," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Historically, gay bars have been side-street hideaways, architecturally closeted warrens of secrecy. Richard Morgan, New York Times, "The Inevitable Rise of the Gay Hooters," 21 June 2018 Always be mindful of how your office conversations could affect a closeted or more reticent coworker. Nick Levine, GQ, "How to Be Gay at Work," 14 June 2018 By the end of the day, the homeless women had met their new roommates, signed their rental agreements, washed and closeted their clothes and fought back tears reading the welcome notes waiting for them on their new beds. Doug Smith, latimes.com, "A Venice couple is housing homeless people, one small building at a time," 8 June 2018 Montour, who grew up in Worcester and was closeted until age 40, now has a large group of friends. Robert Weisman, BostonGlobe.com, "Gay boomers look ahead to an old age colored by uncertainty and the help of friends," 9 June 2018 For Berlanti, who is openly gay himself and grew up closeted until his early 20s, the film is a labor of love. Rob Ledonne, Billboard, "'Love, Simon' Music, From Deep Cuts to Surprise Global Hits," 16 Mar. 2018 Beyond the decision to stay closeted, Play to Win also found that LGBTQ youth participate in sports at a much lower rate than other teens. Nyssa Kruse, courant.com, "LGBTQ Youth Fear Discrimination in Sports, UConn Research Says," 21 June 2018 Trump stayed largely out of sight in the Shangri-La Hotel, where he had been closeted with aides since landing in Singapore on Sunday evening. Mark Landler, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump, Kim Jong Un sign a joint declaration at summit," 11 June 2018 At the time a paradise for American tourists — both straight and gay — the island no doubt offered a bounty of attractions for the young, closeted Harvey. John Mcmurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death,’ by Lillian Faderman," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of closet

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

circa 1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for closet

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French closett, diminutive of clos enclosure — more at close

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closet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of closet

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a usually small room that is used for storing things (such as clothing, towels, or dishes)

: a state in which someone will not talk about something or admit something; especially : a state in which someone will not admit being a homosexual

closet

verb

English Language Learners Definition of closet (Entry 2 of 3)

: to put (yourself) in a room in order to be alone

: to bring (someone) into a room in order to talk privately

closet

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of closet (Entry 3 of 3)

: hiding the fact that you are a particular type of person

closet

noun
clos·et | \ˈklä-zət \

Kids Definition of closet

: a small room for clothing or for supplies for the house a clothes closet

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