What does closet mean?

Definitions for closet
ˈklɒz ɪtclos·et

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cupboard, closetnoun

    a small room (or recess) or cabinet used for storage space

  2. water closet, closet, W.C., loonoun

    a toilet in Britain

  3. wardrobe, closet, pressnoun

    a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes

  4. closetverb

    a small private room for study or prayer

  5. closetverb

    confine to a small space, as for intensive work


  1. closetnoun

    A piece of furniture or a cabinet in which clothes or household supplies may be stored.

  2. closetnoun

    A small private chamber.

  3. closetnoun

    A toilet; a water closet.

  4. closetnoun

    The imagined closet in idioms such as in the closet or skeleton in the closet, a place to keep things hidden.

    The 'closet' can be a scary place for a gay teenager.

  5. closetverb

    To have a private meeting.

    The ambassador has been closeted with the prime minister all afternoon. We're all worried what will be announced when they exit.

  6. closetadjective


  7. Etymology: From closet ()

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Closetnoun

    Etymology: from close.

    The taper burneth in your closet. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    He would make a step into his closet, and after a short prayer he was gone. Henry Wotton.

    He should have made himself a key, wherewith to open the closet of Minerva, where those fair treasures are to be found in all abundance. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    He furnishes her closet first, and fills
    The crowded shelves with rarities of shells. John Dryden, Fables.

  2. To Closetverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The heat
    Of thy great love once spread, as in an urn,
    Doth closet up itself. George Herbert.

    About this time began the project of closeting, where the principal gentlemen of the kingdom were privately catechised by his majesty. Jonathan Swift.


  1. closet

    A closet is a small enclosed space in a room, often with a door, used for storage. It is commonly used to store clothes, shoes, and other personal items. It can also refer to any small, enclosed space within a building such as a cupboard or a cabinet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Closetnoun

    a small room or apartment for retirement; a room for privacy

  2. Closetnoun

    a small apartment, or recess in the side of a room, for household utensils, clothing, etc

  3. Closetverb

    to shut up in, or as in, a closet; to conceal

  4. Closetverb

    to make into a closet for a secret interview

  5. Etymology: [OF. closet little inclosure, dim. of clos. See Close an inclosure.]


  1. Closet

    A closet is a small and enclosed space, a cabinet, or a cupboard in a house or building used for general storage or hanging clothes. A closet for food storage is usually referred to as a pantry. A closet, through French from Latin clausum, "closed" began life in the 17th century as a small private room, often behind a bedroom, to which a man or woman could retire, for privacy, reading, or enjoyment of personal works of art: for this usage, see Cabinet. Modern closets can be built into the walls of the house during construction so that they take up no apparent space in the bedroom, or they can be a large, free-standing piece of furniture designed for clothing storage, in which case they are often called a wardrobe or armoire. Closets are often built under stairs, thereby using awkward space that would otherwise go unused. In current British usage, a "wardrobe" can also be built-in, and the word "cupboard" can be used to refer to a closet. In Elizabethan and Middle English, closet referred to a larger room in which a person could sit and read in private, but now refers to a small room in general. In Indian usage, a closet often refers to a toilet. This probably originated from the word water closet, which refers to a flush toilet.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Closet

    kloz′et, n. a small private room: a recess off a room: a privy: the private chamber of a sovereign, an apartment for private audience or council, or for private or domestic devotions.—v.t. to shut up in or take into a closet: to conceal:—pr.p. clos′eting; pa.p. clos′eted.—n. Bed′-clos′et, a small recess for a bed. [O. Fr. closet, dim. of clos. See Close.]

Anagrams for closet »

  1. colets

  2. telcos

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of closet in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of closet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of closet in a Sentence

  1. David Bernhardt:

    There's a whole lot of our culture that's been forced in the closet for my whole lifetime, it's wonderful to see light in the cracks.

  2. Pastor John Hagee:

    I believe that Christians United for Israel will continue to grow exponentially especially because Israel is in a time of danger, every Christian who carries a Bible knows that God Almighty is interested in the welfare of Israel, and they know they have a Biblical mandate to stand up and speak up for Israel. The chaos we’re experiencing in the Middle East is a challenge for every Christian to come out of the closet and stand up and speak up for Israel and the Jewish people.

  3. Omar Khayyám:

    Tis all a Checker-board of Nights and days where Destiny with Men for Pieces plays: Hither and thither moves, and mates and slays, and one by one back in the Closet lays.

  4. Jared Leto:

    All those reports that I sleep in my closet. I don't know how people get that. People are so obsessed with what you do at home.

  5. Maria Andrejczyk:

    The true value of a medal always remains in the heart, a medal is only an object, but it can be of great value to others. This silver can save lives, instead of collecting dust in a closet. That is why I decided to auction it to help sick children.

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