closet


closet
[[t]klɒ̱zɪt[/t]]
closets
1) N-COUNT A closet is a piece of furniture with doors at the front and shelves inside, which is used for storing things. [AM]
(in BRIT, use cupboard)
2) N-COUNT A closet is a very small room for storing things, especially one without windows. [AM; also BRIT, OLD-FASHIONED]
3) ADJ: ADJ n Closet is used to describe a person who has beliefs, habits, or feelings which they keep secret, often because they are embarrassed about them. Closet is also used of their beliefs, habits, or feelings.

He is a closet Fascist.

...closet misogyny.

4) PHRASE: V inflects If someone comes out of the closet, they tell people that they are homosexual after having kept this a secret.
5) PHRASE: V inflects If someone comes out of the closet, they reveal or discuss something which they have previously kept secret. You can also say that an issue comes out of the closet when it starts to be publicly discussed.
6) See also closeted
a skeleton in the closetsee skeleton

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Closet — Clos et, n. [OF. closet little inclosure, dim. of clos. See {Close} an inclosure.] 1. A small room or apartment for retirement; a room for privacy. [1913 Webster] A chair lumbered closet, just twelve feet by nine. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] When… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • closet — [kläz′it] n. [OFr, small enclosure, dim. of clos: see CLOSE1] 1. a small room or cupboard for clothes, household supplies, linens, etc. 2. a small, private room for reading, meditation, etc. 3. a monarch s private chamber as for prayer or… …   English World dictionary

  • Closet — Clos et, v. t. [imp. & p. p.{Closeted} p. pr. & vb. n. {Closeting}.] 1. To shut up in, or as in, a closet; to conceal. [R.] [1913 Webster] Bedlam s closeted and handcuffed charge. Cowper. [1913 Webster] 2. To make into a closet for a secret… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • closet — (n.) late 14c., from O.Fr. closet small enclosure, private room, dim. of clos, from L. clausum closed space, from neut. pp. of claudere to shut (see CLOSE (Cf. close) (v.)). In Matt. vi:6 used to render L. cubiculum bedchamber, bedroom, Gk.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • closet — ► NOUN 1) chiefly N. Amer. a tall cupboard or wardrobe. 2) a small room. 3) archaic a toilet. 4) (the closet) (especially with reference to homosexuality) a state of secrecy or concealment. 5) (before another noun ) secret; covert: a closet… …   English terms dictionary

  • clóset — Voz tomada del inglés americano closet (‘armario’), que se usa en la mayor parte de América con el sentido de ‘armario construido en el hueco de una pared’. Es anglicismo asentado en el español americano. Su plural es clósets (→ plural, 1h): «No… …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • clóset — (Del ingl. closet). m. Am. Armario empotrado …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Closet — (fr., spr. Klosäh), 1) ein Raum für Utensilien; 2) veraltet für Boudoir …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • closet — index chamber (compartment), hide, private (confidential), sequester (seclude), shroud Bur …   Law dictionary

  • closet — [n] storage cupboard, usually tall ambry, bin, buffet, cabinet, chest of drawers, clothes room, cold storage, container, depository, locker, receptacle, recess, repository, room, safe, sideboard, vault, walk in, wardrobe; concept 440 …   New thesaurus

  • Closet — For other uses, see Closet (disambiguation). A wall closet in a residential house in the United States …   Wikipedia


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