I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French closett, diminutive of clos enclosure — more at close Date: 14th century 1. a. an apartment or small room for privacy b. a monarch's or official's private chamber 2. a cabinet or recess for especially china, household utensils, or clothing 3. a place of retreat or privacy 4. water closet 5. a state or condition of secrecy, privacy, or obscurity <
came out of the closet
closetful noun II. transitive verb Date: 1595 1. to shut up in or as if in a closet 2. to take into a closet for a secret interview III. adjective Date: circa 1615 1. closely private 2. working in or suited to the closet as the place of seclusion or study ; theoretical 3. being so in private <
a closet racist

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • closet — [kläz′it] n. [OFr, small enclosure, dim. of clos: see CLOSE1] 1. a small room or cupboard for clothes, household supplies, linens, etc. 2. a small, private room for reading, meditation, etc. 3. a monarch s private chamber as for prayer or… …   English World dictionary

  • Closet — Clos et, v. t. [imp. & p. p.{Closeted} p. pr. & vb. n. {Closeting}.] 1. To shut up in, or as in, a closet; to conceal. [R.] [1913 Webster] Bedlam s closeted and handcuffed charge. Cowper. [1913 Webster] 2. To make into a closet for a secret… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • closet — (n.) late 14c., from O.Fr. closet small enclosure, private room, dim. of clos, from L. clausum closed space, from neut. pp. of claudere to shut (see CLOSE (Cf. close) (v.)). In Matt. vi:6 used to render L. cubiculum bedchamber, bedroom, Gk.… …   Etymology dictionary

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