What does Cabinet mean?

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ˈkæb ə nɪt, ˈkæb nɪtcab·i·net

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cabinetnoun

    a piece of furniture resembling a cupboard with doors and shelves and drawers; for storage or display

  2. cabinetnoun

    persons appointed by a head of state to head executive departments of government and act as official advisers

  3. cabinet, locker, storage lockernoun

    a storage compartment for clothes and valuables; usually it has a lock

  4. cabinet, consolenoun

    housing for electronic instruments, as radio or television


  1. cabinetnoun

    A storage closet either separate from, or built into, a wall.

  2. cabinetnoun

    A size of photograph, specifically one measuring 3⅞" by 5½".

  3. cabinetnoun

    A group of advisors to a government or business entity.

  4. cabinetnoun

    In parliamentary and some other systems of government, the group of ministers responsible for creating government policy and for overseeing the departments comprising the executive branch.

  5. cabinetnoun

    A small chamber or private room.

  6. cabinetnoun

    (often capitalized) a collection of art or ethnographic objects

  7. cabinetnoun


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CABINETnoun

    Etymology: cabinet, Fr.

    At both corners of the farther side, by way of return, let there be two delicate or rich cabinets, daintily paved, richly hanged, glazed with crystaline glass, and a rich cupola in the midst, and all other elegancy that may be thought on. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Who sees a soul in such a body set,
    Might love the treasure for the cabinet. Ben Jonson.

    In vain the workman shew’d his wit,
    With rings and hinges counterfeit,
    To make it seem, in this disguise,
    A cabinet to vulgar eyes. Jonathan Swift.

    Thy breast hath ever been the cabinet,
    Where I have lock’d my secrets. John Denham, Sophy.

    We cannot discourse of the secret, but by describing our duty; but so much duty must needs open a cabinet of mysteries. Jeremy Taylor, Worthy Communicant.

    You began in the cabinet what you afterwards practised in the camp. Dryden.

    Hearken awhile in thy green cabinet,
    The lawrel song of careful Colinet. Edmund Spenser, Pastorals.


  1. cabinet

    A cabinet is a body of high-ranking government officials, typically representing the executive branch, who are usually appointed by the head of state or head of government. It is a decision-making group that sets policies, proposes legislation and controls the various departments of state. Alternatively, a cabinet can also refer to a piece of furniture with shelves, drawers or compartments for storing or displaying items.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cabinetnoun

    a hut; a cottage; a small house

  2. Cabinetnoun

    a small room, or retired apartment; a closet

  3. Cabinetnoun

    a private room in which consultations are held

  4. Cabinetnoun

    the advisory council of the chief executive officer of a nation; a cabinet council

  5. Cabinetnoun

    a set of drawers or a cupboard intended to contain articles of value. Hence:

  6. Cabinetnoun

    a decorative piece of furniture, whether open like an etagere or closed with doors. See Etagere

  7. Cabinetnoun

    any building or room set apart for the safe keeping and exhibition of works of art, etc.; also, the collection itself

  8. Cabinetadjective

    suitable for a cabinet; small

  9. Cabinetverb

    to inclose

  10. Etymology: [F., dim. of cabine or cabane. See Cabin, n.]


  1. Cabinet

    A cabinet is a group of high-ranking government officials, typically representing the executive branch. In some countries, the cabinet is named "Council of Ministers".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cabinet

    kab′in-et, n. (obs.) a little cabin or hut: (Shak.) the bed or nest of a beast or bird: a small room, closet, or private apartment: a case of drawers for articles of value: a private room for consultation, esp. a king's—hence The Cabinet, a limited number of the chief ministers who govern England, being the leaders of the majority in parliament.—ns. Cab′inet-coun′cil, a council or consultation of the members of the Cabinet; Cab′inet-edi′tion (of a book), one less in size and price than a library edition, but still elegant in format; Cab′inet-mak′er, a maker of cabinets and other fine furniture; Cab′inet-phō′tograph, one of the size larger than a carte-de-visite. [Dim. of Cabin; cf. mod. Fr. cabinet.]

Editors Contribution

  1. cabinet

    A type of furniture created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    The cabinet within the sitting room was so beautiful and solid, myself and my fiance love it very much.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 18, 2020  

  2. cabinet

    A unity government leadership structure within a form of unity government cocreated by the director of unity government through a discussion with the leader of each political party elected to government and representation from the elected independent politicians, each member of unity government chosen to this team has the specific and accurate ability, experience, skills, knowledge, training, tools, accountability, roles and responsibilities assigned within unity government to manage specific unity government departments working as a team of people who choose to focus positively on cocreating in order of priority, optimum health, human rights, right to life, democracy, civil rights, shared prosperity for all, stability, unity government, solidarity, cohesion, animal rights, right to housing, social housing building projects, affordable housing building projects, right to free education, right to parent, right to free preschool education, right to a standard of living, the living wage as a starting wage, right to internet access, economic stability, financial stability, equal rights, equal opportunities, employment rights, childrens rights, sustainable development, sustainable development goals, united partnership, multi-party working, community empowerment systems, equal distribution of income, wealth, justness and fairness across society, the country, europe and the world and contribute to the cocreation of global and national peace agreements, peace treaties, the universes truth and a fair, just and transparent system of checks and balances.

    The new cabinet of the unity government are from each political party and some independent politicians with the specific and accurate knowledge to lead and manage the unity government departments.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 5, 2020  

Etymology and Origins

  1. Cabinet

    The designation of Ministers of State, who first conducted their deliberations in a cabinet, from the Italian gabinetto, a small room. A picture or photograph of this size received its name from the apartment for which it was best suited.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Cabinet' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1568

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Cabinet' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3069

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Cabinet' in Nouns Frequency: #679

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cabinet in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cabinet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Cabinet in a Sentence

  1. Martin Griffiths:

    I wish the cabinet strength in facing the difficult tasks ahead, this unacceptable act of violence is a tragic reminder of the importance of bringing Yemen urgently back on the path towards peace.

  2. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:

    It's 2015. [In response to being questioned on why he implemented gender equality in his cabinet.]

  3. Eric Swalwell:

    It’s political vengeance, it’s too bad because that committee has always been a bipartisan committee, and he’s taking one of the most precious pieces of glassware in the congressional cabinet and smashing it, and the damage is going to be irreparable.

  4. Philippe Etienne:

    French Cabinet ministers absolutely weren't informed of the new course.

  5. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov:

    This was not a show, this was not theater, we decided it was necessary to do it this way, during the Cabinet meeting, as inoculation, as a preventative measure against corrupt officials, of whom we unfortunately have many.

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