Definition of cupboard in English:

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cupboard

Pronunciation: /ˈkʌbəd/

noun

A recess or piece of furniture with a door and usually shelves, used for storage: a broom cupboard
More example sentences
  • There is a large walk-in airing cupboard and a family bathroom on this floor.
  • There is also a large built-in storage cupboard in the landing.
  • A utility room off the kitchen includes a fitted broom cupboard, floor units and stainless steel sink.

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting a table or sideboard on which cups, plates, etc. were displayed): from cup + board.

More
  • In the late Middle Ages a cupboard, as its spelling might suggest, was a board, or table, on which you displayed cups, plates, and other pieces of crockery. We would now call this a sideboard. The modern meaning of cupboard emerged in the 16th century.

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