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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