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Cupboard vs. Closet

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Cupboardnoun

(obsolete) A board or table used to openly hold and display silver plate and other dishware; a sideboard; a buffet.

Closetnoun

(obsolete) Any private area, particularly bowers in the open air.

Cupboardnoun

(obsolete) Things displayed on a sideboard; dishware, particularly valuable plate.

Closetnoun

Any private or inner room, particularly:

Cupboardnoun

A cabinet, closet, or other piece of furniture with shelves intended for storing cookware, dishware, or food; similar cabinets or closets used for storing other items.

‘Put the cups back into the cupboard.’;

Closetnoun

(obsolete) A private room used by women to groom and dress themselves.

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Cupboardnoun

(obsolete) Things stored in a cupboard; particularly food.

Closetnoun

(archaic) A private room used for prayer or other devotions.

Cupboardverb

To collect, as into a cupboard; to hoard.

Closetnoun

A place of (usually fanciful) contemplation and theorizing.

Cupboardnoun

A board or shelf for cups and dishes.

Closetnoun

(archaic) The private residence or private council chamber of a monarch.

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Cupboardnoun

A small closet in a room, with shelves to receive cups, dishes, food, etc.; hence, any small closet.

Closetnoun

(obsolete) A pew or side-chapel reserved for a monarch or other feudal lord.

Cupboardverb

To collect, as into a cupboard; to hoard.

Closetnoun

A private cabinet, particularly:

Cupboardnoun

a small room (or recess) or cabinet used for storage space

Closetnoun

(obsolete) One used to store valuables.

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Cupboard

The term cupboard was originally used to describe an open-shelved side table for displaying dishware, more specifically plates, cups and saucers. These open cupboards typically had between one and three display tiers, and at the time, a drawer or multiple drawers fitted to them.

Closetnoun

(archaic) One used to store curiosities.

Closetnoun

One used to store food or other household supplies: a cupboard.

Closetnoun

(figuratively) A secret or hiding place, particularly the hiding place in English idioms such as in the closet and skeleton in the closet.

‘The closet can be a scary place for a gay teenager.’;

Closetnoun

Any small room or side-room, particularly:

Closetnoun

(US) One intended for storing clothes or bedclothes.

Closetnoun

(obsolete) nodot=a or later (UK) water closet: a room containing a toilet.

Closetnoun

(heraldry) An ordinary similar to a bar but half as broad.

Closetnoun

A sewer.

Closetadjective

(obsolete) Private.

Closetadjective

Secret, especially with reference to gay people who are in the closet; closeted.

‘He's a closet case.’;

Closetverb

(transitive) To shut away for private discussion.

‘The ambassador has been closeted with the prime minister all afternoon. We're all worried what will be announced when they exit.’;

Closetverb

(transitive) To put into a private place for a secret interview or interrogation.

Closetverb

(transitive) To shut up in, or as in, a closet for concealment or confinement.

Closetnoun

A small room or apartment for retirement; a room for privacy.

‘A chair-lumbered closet, just twelve feet by nine.’; ‘When thou prayest, enter into thy closet.’;

Closetnoun

A small apartment, or recess in the side of a room, for household utensils, clothing, etc.

Closetverb

To shut up in, or as in, a closet; to conceal.

‘Bedlam's closeted and handcuffed charge.’;

Closetverb

To make into a closet for a secret interview.

‘He was to call a new legislature, to closet its members.’; ‘He had been closeted with De Quadra.’;

Closetnoun

a small room (or recess) or cabinet used for storage space

Closetnoun

a toilet in England

Closetnoun

a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes

Closetnoun

a small private room for study or prayer

Closetverb

confine to a small space, as for intensive work

Closetadjective

(of information) given in confidence or in secret;

‘closet information’; ‘this arrangement must be kept confidential’; ‘their secret communications’;

Closetadjective

indulging only covertly;

‘a closet alcoholic’; ‘closet liberals’;

Closetnoun

a tall cupboard or wardrobe with a door, used for storage

‘he has a closet full of designer suits’;

Closetnoun

a small room, especially one used for storing things or for private study.

Closetnoun

short for water closet

Closetnoun

used to refer to a state of secrecy or concealment, especially about one's homosexuality

‘she tries to have a relationship with another woman while remaining in the closet’; ‘his brother's decision to come out of the closet’;

Closetadjective

secret; covert

‘a closet smoker’;

Closetverb

shut (someone) away, especially in private conference or study

‘he returned home and closeted himself in his room’; ‘he was closeted with the king’;

Closet

A closet (especially in North American usage) is an enclosed space, with a door, used for storage, particularly that of clothes. Fitted closets are built into the walls of the house so that they take up no apparent space in the room.

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