- 1chiefly North American A cupboard or wardrobe, especially one tall enough to walk into: rich women with closets full of clothes they’ll never wearMore 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.
- 1.1A small room, especially one used for storing things or for private study.More 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 • archaic A toilet.More example sentences
- Customers can make use of a reserved parking lot provided close to the toilet, wheel chair, ramps, railings in the toilet and low-level closets.
- 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 closetMore 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[attributive] Back to top
- Secret; covert: a closet feministMore 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?
verb (closets, closeting, closeted)[with object] Back to top
- Shut (someone) away, especially in private conference or study: he was closeted with the king he returned home and closeted himself in his roomMore 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.
late Middle English (denoting a private or small room): from Old French, diminutive of clos 'closed' (see close1).