clos·​et·​ed | \ ˈklä-zə-təd How to pronounce closeted (audio) , ˈklȯ- \

Definition of closeted

: closet entry 3 sense 3a a closeted gay man

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Recent Examples on the Web Even my work as a closeted man was still about talking about these little tender pockets of things that aren’t talked about. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Elliott compared the film’s depiction of cowboys to Chippendale dancers and seemed perturbed by Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of a closeted gay ranch hand. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 10 Apr. 2022 Cumberbatch stars in the film as a closeted gay rancher in 1825 Montana whose repression manifests in toxic ways such as making life hell for his new sister-in-law (Kirsten Dunst) and her son (Kodi Smit-McPhee). Zack Sharf, Variety, 7 Mar. 2022 Fellowes recycles too many of his favorite archetypes, from the closeted gay couple to the scheming servant. Judy Berman, Time, 20 Jan. 2022 Jane Campion’s neo-Western psychodrama, which is nominated for best picture, follows a Montana rancher, a closeted gay man battling his own toxic masculinity played by Benedict Cumberbatch. NBC News, 2 Mar. 2022 For one: how Phil’s malevolence comes from a place of self-loathing and self-protection as a closeted gay man living in Montana in 1925. Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2022 Cumberbatch’s character is a closeted gay man in the film. Zack Sharf, Variety, 1 Mar. 2022 There are occasional flashes of Downton-esque absurdity: A French chef is a walking wheel of Gallic cheese; a housemaid schemes with a closeted gay man in an alliance ripped right out of the Crawley household. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of closeted

1974, in the meaning defined above

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22 May 2022

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“Closeted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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