clos·​et·​ed ˈklä-zə-təd How to pronounce closeted (audio)
: closet entry 3 sense 3
a closeted gay man

Examples of closeted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet the biggest obstacle remained: Bernstein, a closeted bisexual man, had always conducted numerous affairs with both men and women. Ellen Wexler, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Nov. 2023 Coming off an award-worthy turn in Andor, Soller brings a sturdy earnestness to the closeted family man archetype that represents the show’s most derivative element, while Okafor has an assertive physicality that anchors the part of the story that needs to be the most propulsive. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Oct. 2023 With a story so focused on closeted characters, La Corte was extremely thoughtful in his approach to dressing his characters. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 26 Oct. 2023 Ayuso entered the Elite empire as a closeted teen and the son of Palestinian Muslim immigrants who criticized his attraction to prospective tennis champ Ander. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 21 Oct. 2023 Masculine self-alienation transforms into something that looks more like closeted queerness and body dysphoria. Noah Berlatsky, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2023 Unbeknownst to anyone at the firm, Norman was a closeted gay man — a fact that comes out at his funeral. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Sep. 2023 On occasion, as when Nick holds back from outing the series’ closeted villain (Sebastian Croft), it might even be called ingenious. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2023 He’s just finished his first feature documentary, about the gifted, closeted musician Billy Preston, and is prepping a television musical. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of closeted was in 1969

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“Closeted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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