Meaning of “closet” in the English Dictionary

"closet" in English

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closetnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈklɒz.ɪt/ us /ˈklɑː.zət/ mainly US

closetverb [ T usually passive ]

uk /ˈklɒz.ɪt/ us /ˈklɑː.zɪt/

closetadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈklɒz.ɪt/ us /ˈklɑː.zət/

(Definition of “closet” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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closetnoun [ C ]

us /ˈklɑz·ɪt/

a small room 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/

kept secret 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 congressional leadership.

(Definition of “closet” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)