cup·​board | \ ˈkə-bərd How to pronounce cupboard (audio) \

Definition of cupboard

: a closet with shelves where dishes, utensils, or food is kept also : a small closet

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Examples of cupboard in a Sentence

the colonial dining room features a double-door corner cupboard for the family's finest china dishes go in the cupboard next to the sink
Recent Examples on the Web But the cupboard isn’t bare behind them, Haycraft said. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Music City Bowl could give a glimpse into the future for the Louisville offensive line," 27 Dec. 2019 Why not re-stock the cupboard and try to land a late first-round pick? Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets Journal: Should Denver make a deal before trade deadline?," 20 Dec. 2019 Photos from the scene of the crime show entire cupboards and trash cans completely emptied out, with all of the contents splayed out across the kitchen floor. Maria Pasquini,, "Family Thought Their Home Was Robbed — Until Finding Bite Marks Courtesy of ‘Mischievous’ Dog," 6 Dec. 2019 The cupboards and the fridge house elves' four essential food groups: Candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Get a peek inside the Buddy the Elf-inspired suite that sold out in 30 minutes," 4 Dec. 2019 According to the school’s 1922 yearbook, students at the earliest Work Days were assigned an array of tasks, ranging from organizing library books and cleaning out cupboards, to painting flag poles and raking leaves, officials said. Karen Ann Cullotta,, "With a nod to the past, North Shore Country Day School celebrates centennial anniversary," 12 Nov. 2019 Of special interest was a company from Medina that transforms kitchen or pantry cupboards using customized, pull-out shelves, and also a mailbox protection company that specializes in reinforcing a roadside mailbox. Linda Gandee/special To, cleveland, "Rocky River Chamber Business Expo about to burst out at the seams," 15 Oct. 2019 Does all the worry in the cupboards of your mind belong there? Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Memories, music and movement: Sun Messages," 22 Dec. 2019 In Florence, Francesco de’ Medici kept his collection in a windowless room about the size of a modern living room, and items were stored in closed cupboards without any form of identification. Reagan Upshaw, Washington Post, "‘Cabinets of Curiosities’ delves into the history of collectors and their stunning, strange acquisitions," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of cupboard

1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cupboard was in 1530

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20 Jan 2020

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“Cupboard.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cupboard

: a piece of furniture used for storage that has doors and contains shelves
US : a small room with shelves where you keep cups, dishes, or food
British : a small room where things are stored


cup·​board | \ ˈkə-bərd How to pronounce cupboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of cupboard

: a closet usually with shelves for dishes or food

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