Definition of closet in English:
- ‘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.
- 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.
- the stench from the overcrowding or from closets is almost unbearable
- some persons will use the closet twice daily
- 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[attributive] Back to top
- 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?
verb (closets, closeting, closeted)[with object] Back to top
- 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.
late Middle English (denoting a private or small room): from Old French, diminutive of clos 'closed' (see close1).
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[ME], which both in the sense ‘near’ and ‘shut’ go back to Latin claudere ‘to shut’, also the source of recluse[ME], someone who shuts themselves away.
Words that rhyme with closetposit
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