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 When vacuum-sealed (with a proper tight seal), jerky will last in a cool dry place (the back of a cupboard, for example) for one or two months. Jack Hennessy, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate DIY Guide to Making Wild Game Jerky and Snack Sticks," 4 Jan. 2021 That doesn’t mean the free-agent cupboard is bare, however. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Here's who the Detroit Tigers could still target in MLB free agency this month," 26 Jan. 2021 The cupboard won't exactly be bare when Adams arrives with ASU expected to return nine of 11 starters on offense with four of five lineman likely to come back. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "New coach Klayton Adams looking forward to working with ASU offense," 22 Jan. 2021 There’s a walk-in pantry in addition to cupboard and counter space. Fox News, "Vermont home includes jail cells, barn for less than $150G," 30 Dec. 2020 After the buck has been hung, there’s a round of handshakes, then the crew heads inside, where Pocket reaches into a kitchen cupboard and produces a bottle of Jack Daniel’s. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: A Day in Deer Camp," 25 Dec. 2020 That's testament to the popularity of Fox's political programming and the summer cupboard being barren for the broadcasters. David Bauder, Star Tribune, "Bereft of scripted shows, opening week ratings down for TV," 29 Sep. 2020 The cupboard has orange flower water from Malta, sardines from Portugal, hot sauce from Belize and first flush tea from Sri Lanka. New York Times, "Conjuring Up the World Through the Sense of Taste," 2 Jan. 2021 All four ranked among the nation’s top 68 players overall as the need to replenish the cupboard was clear. Michael Casagrande |, al, "The simple reason Alabama needed WRs, then signed 4 of top 9 in the country," 17 Dec. 2020

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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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25 Feb 2021

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“Cupboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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