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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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