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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈklɒzɪt/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈklɑzɪt/
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- Rhymes: -ɒzɪt
closet (plural closets)
- (chiefly US) A piece of furniture or a cabinet in which clothes or household supplies may be stored.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
- A small private chamber.
- a chair-lumbered closet, just twelve feet by nine
- Bible, Matthew vi. 6
- When thou prayest, enter into thy closet.
- A toilet; a water closet.
- (figuratively) The imagined closet in idioms such as in the closet or skeleton in the closet, a place to keep things hidden.
- The 'closet' can be a scary place for a gay teenager.
small private chamber
toilet — see toilet
closet (not comparable)
1940, Walton Hall Smith, Liquor, the servant of man:
- I wonder if there is another in the world that could produce, among perfectly normal people, this strangest quirk in the agenda of liquordom, the closet drinker.
- closet oneself
- come out of the closet
- earth closet
- in the closet
- skeleton in the closet
- water closet
- (transitive) To shut away for private discussion.
- The ambassador has been closeted with the prime minister all afternoon. We're all worried what will be announced when they exit.
- (transitive) To put into a private place for a secret interview or interrogation.
- (transitive) To shut up in, or as in, a closet for concealment or confinement.