closeted

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

Definition of closeted

: closet entry 3 sense 3a a closeted gay man

Examples of closeted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Season 2 highlight is a stunning character portrait of Ramy’s uncle (Laith Nakli), whose abrasiveness is rooted in a lifetime as a closeted gay man. New York Times, "The Best TV Episodes of 2020," 7 Nov. 2020 Timothée Chalamet and future Avenger Anthony Mackie as a closeted cop who finally finds the courage to comes out. NBC News, "12 merry and gay movies to spice up your holiday," 30 Nov. 2020 Emma’s closeted girlfriend (Ariana DeBose) is the daughter of the ramrod-straight PTA head portrayed by Washington. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘The Prom’ review: Broadway babies save the day, and deliver some social justice to small-town Indiana," 7 Dec. 2020 Ariana DeBose is Emma’s closeted girlfriend, Alyssa Greene. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The Prom’ Review: Sitting This One Out," 3 Dec. 2020 Green initially turned to photography, and then modeling, as an escape from his native Michigan, and from a double life as a closeted gay man. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "“We’re at the Beginning of Something Really Great”—Ethan James Green on the Future of Fashion Photography," 17 Nov. 2020 Charles does so out of duty, rather than love; like a closeted gay man who marries a woman for social acceptability and advancement, Charles turns Diana into his beard. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "Royal Competition in “The Crown”," 15 Nov. 2020 There were unexpected grace notes for Kate Nash’s British goof and Chris Lowell's closeted gadfly, and lots of wonderful attention given to Cherry’s relationship with her genial hubby, Keith (Bashir Salahuddin). Darren Franich, EW.com, "Farewell to GLOW, a great show that deserved one final round," 6 Oct. 2020 Overall, the gym was a depressing place, especially for a closeted gender non-conforming cheese eater. Sarah Ratchford, refinery29.com, "Carving Out Space In The Gym For My Genderqueer Self," 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of closeted

1974, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2021

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“Closeted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/closeted. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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