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
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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 May 2020

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“Cupboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 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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