What does closet mean?

Definitions for closet
ˈklɒz ɪtclos·et

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cupboard, closet(noun)

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

  2. water closet, closet, W.C., loo(noun)

    a toilet in Britain

  3. wardrobe, closet, press(noun)

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

  4. closet(verb)

    a small private room for study or prayer

  5. closet(verb)

    confine to a small space, as for intensive work

Wiktionary

  1. closet(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From closet ()

  2. closet(Noun)

    A small private chamber.

    Etymology: From closet ()

  3. closet(Noun)

    A toilet; a water closet.

    Etymology: From closet ()

  4. closet(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: From closet ()

  5. closet(Verb)

    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.

    Etymology: From closet ()

  6. closet(Adjective)

    Secret.

    Etymology: From closet ()

Webster Dictionary

  1. Closet(noun)

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

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

  2. Closet(noun)

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

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

  3. Closet(verb)

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

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

  4. Closet(verb)

    to make into a closet for a secret interview

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

Freebase

  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, telcos

  2. Colets

  3. Telcos

How to pronounce closet?

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    Daniel
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How to say closet in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. RJ Intindola:

    My Broken Pieces A few weeks back, a longtime friend asked if I would meet her for lunch to discuss a new job offer. We sat in the restaurant for forty-five minutes discussing her new job opportunity when her face grew solemn. She sighed, staring down into her plate. I asked, “is everything all right,” knowing she did not ask me to meet to discuss a job offer. She said, “everything is fine, but I cannot get your story or quote about the broken pieces out of my mind.” She took a deep breath raised her head and, in half whisper, said, “it really described the broken pieces in my marriage? I answered, “when promises, borders and commitment are broken, and especially betrayal, the relationship may be repaired but never return to what it once was or could have been.” Before she left, she thanked me for giving her a copy. I refer to the story, as “The Broken Vase.” The Broken Vase Love and marriage are often broken by betrayal, lies and unkept promises. Betrayal is the ultimate form of deceit and deception. It reminded me of something I wrote many years ago about a vase that was knocked off the shelf and broken into many pieces. For a moment you’re not sure what to do but then you decide to try and repair it. Imagine trying to pick up the pieces of your life, left behind in the wake of betrayal. You must be methodical and cautious because your path is covered with egg shells. You realize it may not be the same as it once was, but would vase be good enough to keep. After all, you’ve had it for thirty years. When you believe all the pieces have been collected and placed on the table, you do one last search for the smallest pieces you may have missed. You find two small pieces, place them on the table and stare down at the broken pieces of something you cherished and was beautiful. Something so precious you often proudly displayed it to friends Over a period of three weeks, you managed to glue the vase back together. You slowly turn it around on the table and realize it is an archaic reproduction of its original form. There are holes in it created by pieces you did not find and never will. Like the pieces missing from your relationship. Held together by history and commitment but still broken. And severely damaged. The vase will never hold flowers again because it cannot hold water. And like your relationship, it has become fragile as you watch a piece fall off the vase when you lifted off the table. And when you think about the broken pieces collected from your relationship, you know that will also never be the same. As you held up the beautiful vase to show people it’s beauty, that now is simply a collection of glued pieces that resembles your relationship. You can no longer showcase your marriage. Only because of its history you place the vase back on the self, but it seems out of place and detracts from the ambience around it. After a few weeks you take the vase to your home office and place it on a shelf. A few weeks later, you sadly change the location to the closet. And like your relationship it has been moved to a different place. A dark place. When people say to you, you and your wife seem to get along very well. You think about showing them the vase. All that remains of the relationship is held together by glue. After several years you are still seeking out the missing pieces from your heart knowing deep inside you will never find. There’s only one way to get them back and that is to leave. But leaving will also mean breaking more pieces. Those are your two choices. If you leave, you will get back some of the pieces you lost but you would lose others by virtue of leaving.

  2. Aaron J. Munzer:

    I'd come out of the closet but the skeletons would get lonely.

  3. 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.

  4. Angela Stuesse:

    She was terrified, locked in a closet, ICE pounding on her door, asking what she was supposed to do, and I was also terrified. And that went on for hours.

  5. 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.

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