What does Cabinet mean?

Definitions for Cabinet
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.

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. Chuck Schumer:

    Mr. Mayorkas’ qualifications are unassailable: he is a seven-year veteran of the DHS and has already been confirmed by this chamber three—three—times, like most of President Biden’s Cabinet nominees, his nomination is also history-making: He will be the first Latino and first immigrant to hold the top job at DHS.

  2. Darcisio Perondi:

    This was the PMDB's most anti-Workers' Party convention in 12 years. Not a single leader spoke in favor of the government, even the ministers in the cabinet remained silent.

  3. Bontoi Munkhdul:

    I'm sure he'll try (to fix Oyu Tolgoi) but he was in the cabinet for the past three years and we're still at a deadlock, But he's well liked in the business community.

  4. Metropolitan Police:

    As a result firstly of information provided by the Cabinet Office inquiry team and secondly my officers' own assessment, I can confirm that the Met is now investigating a number of events that took place at Downing Street and Whitehall in the last two years in relation to potential breaches of Covid-19 regulations.

  5. Anthony Scaramucci:

    No, because he would have a nightmare on his hands in politics. It's very, very different in politics, Ana, than in business, if Jeff Sessions was the general counsel for the Trump Organization, Trump Organization's a totally different set of personnel decisions than if Jeff Sessions is Jeff Sessions Cabinet member, Jeff Sessions, has a ton of friends in the Senate.

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