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closet

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noun clos·et \ˈklä-zət, ˈklȯ-\

Definition of closet

  1. 1a :  an apartment or small room for privacyb :  a monarch's or official's private chamber

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

  3. 3 :  a place of retreat or privacy

  4. 4 :  water closet

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

closetful

play \-ˌfu̇l\ noun

Examples of closet in a sentence

  1. The sheets and blankets are in the hall closet.

  2. He has a closet full of new clothes.

Origin and Etymology of closet

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


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Furniture and Woodworking Terms


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closet

verb clos·et

Definition of closet

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to shut up in or as if in a closet

  3. 2 :  to take into a closet for a secret interview

Examples of closet in a sentence

  1. He closeted himself in his apartment for several days.

  2. he closeted himself in his study, vowing not to emerge until he had finished the term paper

1595

First Known Use of closet

1595


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closet

adjective clos·et

Definition of closet

  1. 1 :  closely private

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

  3. 3 :  being so in private a closet racist

Examples of closet in a sentence

  1. Some people think he's a closet homosexual.

Circa 1615

First Known Use of closet

circa 1615



CLOSET Defined for English Language Learners

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closet

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noun clos·et \ˈklä-zət, ˈklȯ-\

Definition of closet for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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closet

verb clos·et

Definition of closet for English Language Learners

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

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


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closet

adjective clos·et

Definition of closet for English Language Learners

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


CLOSET Defined for Kids

closet

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noun clos·et \ˈklä-zət\

Definition of closet for Students

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



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