closet Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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"closet" in British English

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closetnoun [C]

uk   /ˈklɒz.ɪt/  us   /ˈklɑː.zɪt/ mainly US
A2 a ​cupboard or a ​smallroom with a ​door, used for ​storing things, ​especiallyclothes: a ​bedroom/​linen/​storage closet

closetverb [T usually passive]

uk   /ˈklɒz.ɪt/  us   /ˈklɑː.zɪt/
to put yourself in a ​place, ​especially a ​closedspace, and ​stay there: Two ​weeks before my ​exams I closeted myself (away) in my ​room with my ​books and I didn't ​speak to anyone. The ​president has been closeted with (= having a ​privatemeeting with) his ​advisers for several ​hours.

closetadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈklɒz.ɪt/  us   /ˈklɑː.zɪt/
used to refer to a ​belief, ​activity, or ​feeling that is ​keptsecret from the ​public, usually because you are ​frightened of the ​results of it ​becomingknown: a closet ​alcoholic/​smoker Dole ​portrayed the ​president in ​campaignspeeches as a "closet ​liberal".
(Definition of closet from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"closet" in American English

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closetnoun [C]

 us   /ˈklɑz·ɪt/
a ​smallroom or ​space in a ​wall where you can ​store things such as ​clothes, ​sheets, etc., often having a ​door so that it can be ​closed: a ​clothes/​linen closet


 us   /ˈklɑz·ɪt/
keptsecret from ​others: a closet ​liberal

closetverb [T always + adv/prep]

 us   /ˈklɑz·ət/
to ​arrange to ​meet privately with someone where you will not be ​interrupted: The ​president and his advisers closeted themselves with the ​congressionalleadership.
(Definition of closet from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “closet”
in Korean 작은 방…
in Arabic خِزانة…
in Malaysian almari pakaian…
in French placard…
in Russian шкаф…
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指放衣服的)壁櫥,壁櫃,儲藏室…
in Italian guardaroba, armadio…
in Turkish gömme dolap…
in Polish szafa wnękowa…
in Spanish armario…
in Vietnamese tủ…
in Portuguese guarda-roupa, armário…
in Thai ตู้…
in German die Kammer…
in Catalan armari…
in Japanese 押入れ, 戸棚, クローゼット…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指放衣服的)壁橱,壁柜,储藏室…
in Indonesian lemari…
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