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 (klŏz′ĭt, klô′zĭt)
1. A cabinet or enclosed recess for linens, household supplies, or clothing.
2. A small private chamber, as for study or prayer.
3. A water closet; a toilet.
4. A state of secrecy or cautious privacy: Two days before the election, the candidate suddenly came out of the closet and denounced the proposed law.
tr.v. clos·et·ed, clos·et·ing, clos·ets
To enclose or shut up in a private room, as for discussion: closeted themselves with their attorneys.
1. Private; confidential: closet information.
2. Being so or engaging only in private; secret: a closet proponent of a tax increase; a closet alcoholic.
3. Based on theory and speculation rather than practice.

[Middle English, private room, from Old French, diminutive of clos, enclosure, from Latin clausum, from neuter of clausus, enclosed; see close.]

clos′et·ful′ n.


1. a small cupboard or recess
2. a small private room
3. short for water closet
4. (modifier) private or secret
5. (modifier) suited or appropriate for use in private: closet meditations.
6. (modifier) US and Canadian based on or devoted to theory; speculative: a closet strategist.
vb, -ets, -eting or -eted
(tr) to shut up or confine in a small private room, esp for conference or meditation
[C14: from Old French, from clos enclosure; see close1]


(ˈklɒz ɪt)

n., adj., v. -et•ed, -et•ing. n.
1. a small room, enclosed recess, or cabinet for storing clothing, food, utensils, etc.
2. a small private room, esp. one used for prayer, meditation, etc.
3. a state or condition of secrecy or carefully guarded privacy.
5. private; secluded.
6. suited for use or enjoyment in privacy: closet prayer.
7. engaged in private study or speculation; speculative; impractical: a closet thinker.
8. being or functioning as such in private; secret: a closet homosexual.
9. to shut up in a private room for a conference, interview, etc.: The President was closeted with the senators for three hours.
[1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French, =clos close (n.) + -et -et]
clos′et•ful`, n., pl. -fuls.


- First denoted a private or small room.
See also related terms for private.


1. 'cupboard'

A cupboard is a piece of furniture with doors at the front and usually shelves inside.

The kitchen cupboard is stocked with tins of soup.

Cupboards in American English are built-in shelves behind doors. They are mainly found in kitchens.

She was in the kitchen, opening cupboards, moving boxes and cans to see what lay behind.
2. 'wardrobe'

A wardrobe is a tall piece of furniture, usually in a bedroom, that has space for hanging clothes.

I hung my dress up in the wardrobe.
3. 'closet'

A wardrobe is sometimes built into the wall of a room, rather than being a separate piece of furniture. In American English, a built-in wardrobe is called a closet.

There's an iron in the closet.


Past participle: closeted
Gerund: closeting

I closet
you closet
he/she/it closets
we closet
you closet
they closet
I closeted
you closeted
he/she/it closeted
we closeted
you closeted
they closeted
Present Continuous
I am closeting
you are closeting
he/she/it is closeting
we are closeting
you are closeting
they are closeting
Present Perfect
I have closeted
you have closeted
he/she/it has closeted
we have closeted
you have closeted
they have closeted
Past Continuous
I was closeting
you were closeting
he/she/it was closeting
we were closeting
you were closeting
they were closeting
Past Perfect
I had closeted
you had closeted
he/she/it had closeted
we had closeted
you had closeted
they had closeted
I will closet
you will closet
he/she/it will closet
we will closet
you will closet
they will closet
Future Perfect
I will have closeted
you will have closeted
he/she/it will have closeted
we will have closeted
you will have closeted
they will have closeted
Future Continuous
I will be closeting
you will be closeting
he/she/it will be closeting
we will be closeting
you will be closeting
they will be closeting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been closeting
you have been closeting
he/she/it has been closeting
we have been closeting
you have been closeting
they have been closeting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been closeting
you will have been closeting
he/she/it will have been closeting
we will have been closeting
you will have been closeting
they will have been closeting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been closeting
you had been closeting
he/she/it had been closeting
we had been closeting
you had been closeting
they had been closeting
I would closet
you would closet
he/she/it would closet
we would closet
you would closet
they would closet
Past Conditional
I would have closeted
you would have closeted
he/she/it would have closeted
we would have closeted
you would have closeted
they would have closeted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.closet - a small room (or recess) or cabinet used for storage spacecloset - a small room (or recess) or cabinet used for storage space
airing cupboard - a warm cupboard where you put newly washed clothes until they are completely dry
broom closet - a small room for storing brooms and other cleaning equipment
safe - a ventilated or refrigerated cupboard for securing provisions from pests
storage space - the area in any structure that provides space for storage
supply closet - a closet for storing supplies
2.closet - a toilet in Britaincloset - a toilet in Britain      
john, lav, lavatory, privy, toilet, bathroom, can - a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
3.closet - a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothescloset - a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes
armoire - a large wardrobe or cabinet; originally used for storing weapons
clothes closet, clothespress - a closet where clothes are stored
coat closet - a closet for storing outerwear
article of furniture, furniture, piece of furniture - furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy; "they had too much furniture for the small apartment"; "there was only one piece of furniture in the room"
4.closet - a small private room for study or prayer
kiosk, stall, booth, cubicle - small area set off by walls for special use
room - an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling; "the rooms were very small but they had a nice view"
shelf - a support that consists of a horizontal surface for holding objects
Verb1.closet - confine to a small space, as for intensive work
confine - prevent from leaving or from being removed


1. (U.S.) cupboard, cabinet, recess, cubicle, cubbyhole Perhaps there's room in the broom closet.
1. secret, private, hidden, unknown, concealed, covert, unrevealed He is a closet Fascist.


To enclose so as to hinder or prohibit escape:
pieliekamaissienas skapis
gömme dolap


A. N
1. (= toilet) → wáter m, lavabo m
2. (US) (= cupboard) → armario m, placar(d) m (LAm); (for clothes) → ropero m
to come out of the closet (fig) → anunciarse públicamente
B. VT to be closeted with sbestar encerrado con algn
C. CPD [fascist, racist] → secreto/a, no declarado/a
closet gay Ngay m no declarado


(US) (= wardrobe) → penderie f
to come out of the closet (fig) [gay person] → révéler son homosexualité
(US) (= cupboard) → placard m
adj (= undeclared) [homosexual, gay] → caché(e)close-up [ˈkləʊsʌp] n (= photo, shot) → gros plan mclose work ntravail m minutieux


vb: pret, ptp <closeted>
(US) → Wandschrank m; to come out of the closet (fig) (man)sich als Homosexueller outen; (woman)sich als Lesbe outen
(dated: = water closet) → Klosett nt
(old: = small room) → Kabinett nt, → Nebenzimmer nt
vt to be closetedhinter verschlossenen Türen sitzen (with sb mit jdm); I closeted myself in my studyich habe mich in meinem Arbeitszimmer vergraben
adj attr (= secret)heimlich


1. n (Am) (cupboard) → armadio
to come out of the closet (fam) → uscire allo scoperto
2. vt to be closeted with sbessersi appartato/a con qn


(ˈklozit) noun
(American) a cupboard. a clothes closet.
ˈcloseted adjective
engaged in a private conversation in a separate room from other people. They're closeted in his office.
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