closet

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French closet (clos +‎ -et).

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closet (plural closets)

  1. (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?)
  2. A small private chamber.
    • Goldsmith
      a chair-lumbered closet, just twelve feet by nine
    • Bible, Matthew vi. 6
      When thou prayest, enter into thy closet.
  3. A toilet; a water closet.
  4. (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.

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closet (not comparable)

  1. Secret.
    • 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.

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Verb[edit]

closet (third-person singular simple present closets, present participle closeting, simple past and past participle closeted)

  1. (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.
  2. (transitive) To put into a private place for a secret interview or interrogation.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Bancroft
      He was to call a new legislature, to closet its members.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Froude
      He had been closeted with De Quadra.
  3. (transitive) To shut up in, or as in, a closet for concealment or confinement.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Cowper
      Bedlam's closeted and handcuffed charge.

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

clos +‎ -et.

Noun[edit]

closet m (oblique plural closez or closetz, nominative singular closez or closetz, nominative plural closet)

  1. small enclosed area, such as a field or a paddock

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English (water) closet.

Noun[edit]

closet n (plural closete)

  1. toilet, latrine, bathroom

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