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closet

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Pronunciation: /ˈklɒzɪt
 
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Definition of closet in English:

noun

1chiefly North American A cupboard or wardrobe, especially one tall enough to walk into: rich women with closets full of clothes they’ll never wear
More example sentences
  • ‘Yes just let me get my shoes on,’ Kat said walking over to her closet full of shoes.
  • I jump off my bed and walk to my closet scanning the clothes, but not really looking, for my mind is recalling the events that happened earlier.
  • Keeley walked out of the closet with clothes in her hands and threw them on the bed, smiling at me.
Synonyms
1.1A small room, especially one used for storing things or for private study.
Example sentences
  • Spare bedrooms or large closets make good drying rooms, but hot attics and damp cellars generally do not.
  • Houses that don't have catch-all closets or rooms in which the inhabitants can dump outdoor stuff always seem sinister to me.
  • Close doors to rooms that don't need to be heated, like closets, storage rooms, etc.
2 dated A toilet.
Example sentences
  • some persons will use the closet twice daily
  • the stench from the overcrowding or from closets is almost unbearable
3 (the closet) Used to refer to a state of secrecy or concealment, especially about one’s homosexuality: lesbians who had come out of the closet
More example sentences
  • It's time for lesbian breakups to come out of the closet.
  • It is a symbol of the strength it takes for gay Americans to come out of the closet, and the strength of all who support them.
  • An obvious, but often overlooked, fact about assimilation is that it can only occur once gay people have actually come out of the closet.

adjective

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Secret; covert: a closet feminist
More example sentences
  • There may be closet homosexuals but they are not to be relied upon.
  • The church has been ordaining closet homosexuals for 2000 years, but it seems to have problems ordaining honest ones.
  • He's obviously terrible in bed, and there's one scene that suggests he's a closet homosexual - so what's to admire?
Synonyms

verb (closets, closeting, closeted)

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Shut (someone) away, especially in private conference or study: he was closeted with the king he returned home and closeted himself in his room
More example sentences
  • She added: ‘We have all been so affected by the tragedy that we risk closeting our kids and raising a generation of very nervous young adults.’
  • He responded by closeting himself in the former ladies' cabin of the steamer Magnolia while he poured over maps pondering the situation.
  • I guess it was time for me to sulk about the house of the rest of the evening, closeting myself away in my room listening to music.
Synonyms
shut away, sequester, seclude, cloister, insulate, confine, isolate

Origin

late Middle English (denoting a private or small room): from Old French, diminutive of clos 'closed' (see close1).

More
  • Although closet is now the usual word in American English for a cupboard or wardrobe, it originally referred to a small private room, such as one for study or prayer. This idea of privacy led to the sense of hiding a fact or keeping something secret, which goes right back to the beginning of the 17th century. A person who is hiding the fact that they are gay has been described as in the closet, or as a closet homosexual, since the late 1960s. To out someone, meaning to reveal that they are gay, is a shortened way of saying ‘to force them out of the closet’. Closet comes from close (Middle English), which both in the sense ‘near’ and ‘shut’ go back to Latin claudere ‘to shut’, also the source of recluse (Middle English), someone who shuts themselves away.

Words that rhyme with closet

posit

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