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closet

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noun clos·et \ ˈklä-zət , ˈklȯ- \

Definition of closet

1 a :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

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.

Recent Examples of closet from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of closet

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

closet Synonyms

Synonyms
cuddy, cupboard, pantry, press
Related Words
ambry [chiefly British dialect], buttery [chiefly dialect], larder, spence [chiefly British dialect]; cloakroom, coatroom, garderobe, vestiary, wardrobe

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closet

verb

Definition of closet

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

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First Known Use of closet

1595


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closet

adjective

Definition of closet

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

Examples of closet in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of closet

circa 1615



CLOSET Defined for English Language Learners

closet

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noun

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


closet

verb

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


closet

adjective

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

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


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