Definition of cupboard in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkəbərd/


A cabinet or closet, usually with a door and shelves, used for storage: a kitchen 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.
cabinet, sideboard, buffet;
dresser, armoire, credenza, chiffonier, closet, wardrobe, commode


the cupboard is bare

There are no resources or money available for a particular purpose.
Example sentences
  • Second, Obama could be constrained by a simple fact: the cupboard is bare.
  • The cupboard is bare, we've given all we've got.
  • The cupboard is bare, the tank is empty.


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

  • 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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Syllabification: cup·board

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