cup·board | \ˈkə-bərd \

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

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Inside both series are a kitchen (including a sink, stove, fridge, and cupboard), bathroom (with a toilet, shower, and sink), a bistro table, and a multi-purpose space for hanging out and sleeping. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "You Could Live In This Tiny Houseboat For $61,000," 6 July 2018 And the Marcos cupboard was left full by Paul Moro. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Countdown: 50 things to watch for in the 2018 Arizona high school football season," 29 June 2018 And the album, which comes out Sept. 7, means more to Freund than just clearing out the musical cupboard. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Tom Freund Shares Title Track From New Album 'East of Lincoln': Premiere," 28 June 2018 Here, furious parents throw open the cupboard to reveal their daughter’s abashed lover, as younger children look on wide-eyed and the family dog prepares to attack. Susan Delson, WSJ, "The National Gallery Sees the Humor in Its Own Collection—and Puts It on View," 20 June 2018 Vandals poured paint over school supplies, threw paint on walls and cupboards, and, among other things, poured thousands of beads in one room, took bags of chips and soda from one room and ate and drank them in another room. Ramona Sentinel, "Vandals ransack classrooms at James Dukes Elementary School," 11 July 2018 The adjacent wood wall is composed of shelving units, kitchen cupboards, and wardrobes. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "355-square-foot apartment maximizes limited urban space," 28 June 2018 Pick a bathroom cupboard, a single kitchen drawer, one closet, your purse, the baby's diaper bag. Melissa Rolland,, "Clearing Out The Clutter," 26 June 2018 Fellow newcomer Allen Robinson is likely to lead the Bears in targets, but Mitchell Trubisky’s cupboard is crowded after that, with Burton, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller and Tarik Cohen all playing major roles. Michael Beller,, "Fantasy Football 2018 Breakouts: Can Patrick Mahomes Make the Leap?," 3 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of cupboard

: a piece of furniture used for storage that has doors and contains shelves

: a small room with shelves where you keep cups, dishes, or food

: a small room where things are stored


cup·board | \ˈkə-bərd \

Kids Definition of cupboard

: a closet usually with shelves for dishes or food

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