Definition of cabinet in English:

cabinet

Line breaks: cab|inet
Pronunciation: /ˈkabɪnɪt
 
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noun

1A cupboard with drawers or shelves for storing or displaying articles: a cocktail cabinet
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  • The walls were lined with racks and shelves and cupboards and cabinets holding an assortment of equipment in organized rows.
  • The huge old kitchen was rife with cabinets and cubbies, drawers and cupboards, shelves and pie-safes, and each one had been crammed full.
  • They went through cabinets, shelves and drawers, pulling out professional looking documents and files.
Synonyms
1.1A wooden box or piece of furniture housing a radio, television set, or speaker.
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  • Today high density polyethylene, with its linear chains, is used for radio and television cabinets, toys, and large-diameter pipes.
  • Street furniture, utility cabinets and junction boxes are next up on the cleaning agenda.
  • The loudspeaker resembled a 30s valve radio in that it had a large speaker grille and a wooden cabinet and seemed to have been created for the schools market.
2 (also Cabinet) (In the UK, Canada, and other Commonwealth countries) the committee of senior ministers responsible for controlling government policy: [as modifier]: a cabinet meeting
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  • He chairs the meetings of the <emcabinet and appoints ministers to the numerous cabinet committees.
  • He has retained a cabinet post as senior minister since second-generation PAP leaders came to power.
  • Before he became prime minister, he had also headed the powerful education and industries ministries as well as the cabinet committee on economic affairs.
2.1(In the US) a body of advisers to the President, composed of the heads of the executive departments of the government.
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  • Executive power is vested in a cabinet headed by a president who is head of state and commander in chief.
  • So I've been working on it myself, and I've had some advisers from my cabinet when I was president, as well as some Carter Center folks.
  • As far as they have been concerned, reliance on staff has served their purposes better than a system that relies on the cabinet or the executive branch departments.
Synonyms
3 archaic A small private room.
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  • In square footage they equal nearly half the area of the bedroom, cabinet, and book room.
  • Decisions are often made behind closed doors - in cabinet or board room - sometimes overseas.

Origin

mid 16th century: from cabin + -et1, influenced by French cabinet.

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