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


Webster Dictionary

  1. Cabinetnoun

    a hut; a cottage; a small house

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

  2. Cabinetnoun

    a small room, or retired apartment; a closet

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

  3. Cabinetnoun

    a private room in which consultations are held

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

  4. Cabinetnoun

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

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

  5. Cabinetnoun

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

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

  6. Cabinetnoun

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

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

  7. Cabinetnoun

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

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

  8. Cabinetadjective

    suitable for a cabinet; small

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

  9. Cabinetverb

    to inclose

    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. Richard Trumka:

    As a longtime union member, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh knows that collective bargaining is essential to building back better by combating inequality, beating COVID-19 and expanding opportunities for immigrants, women and people of color, he will have the ear of the White House, the Cabinet and Congress as we work to increase union density and create a stronger, fairer America.

  2. Joe Desilets:

    The Cabinet that Donald Trump has assembled is a long list of incredible leaders from industry, politics and the military, most importantly, Donald Trump is putting together the team that Donald Trump needs to enact the agenda and policies that Donald Trump put forward to the American people during Donald Trump campaign.

  3. Dawn Butler:

    I have my frustrations with Tom too, i haven't seen him at a shadow cabinet meeting for a while and so I can understand people's frustration - but we are a broad church.

  4. Jeff Sessions:

    But the census question -- which has appeared in one form or another on the census for over a hundred years -- is either legal or illegal. The words on the page don't have a motive ; they are either permitted or they are not, but the judge has decided to hold a trial over the inner workings of a cabinet secretary's mind.

  5. Interior Security Minister Gilad Erdan:

    What the security cabinet told the security services yesterday was that any method is kosher, an interrogation method like tiltul, or anything that is done when it comes to Palestinian terrorists - the same thing should be done when it comes to a Jewish terrorist.

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    a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
    • A. famish
    • B. loom
    • C. cleave
    • D. affront

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