cup·​board ˈkə-bərd How to pronounce cupboard (audio)
: a closet with shelves where dishes, utensils, or food is kept
also : a small closet

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
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Word History

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cupboard was in 1530

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“Cupboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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cup·​board ˈkəb-ərd How to pronounce cupboard (audio)
: a closet with shelves for cups, dishes, or food

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