closet

1 noun (C)
1 come out of the closet
a) to tell people that you are homosexual after hiding the fact
b) to admit you believe something or to discuss something that was previously kept secret
2 especially AmE a cupboard built into the wall of a room from the floor to the ceiling: Jean had a closet full of clothes that most teenagers would kill for.
-compare wardrobe
3 old use a small room where people went to study, pray etc alone
-see also: water-closet, a skeleton in the closet skeleton (4) 2 adjective closet homosexual/alcoholic etc someone who is a homosexual, alcoholic etc but who does not want to admit it: Not all teachers are closet radicals. 3 verb (transitive, usually passive) to shut someone in a room away from other people in order to be alone or to discuss something private: closet yourself away: Bill closeted himself away in his study for hours on end.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • Closet — Clos et, n. [OF. closet little inclosure, dim. of clos. See {Close} an inclosure.] 1. A small room or apartment for retirement; a room for privacy. [1913 Webster] A chair lumbered closet, just twelve feet by nine. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] When… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • closet — ► NOUN 1) chiefly N. Amer. a tall cupboard or wardrobe. 2) a small room. 3) archaic a toilet. 4) (the closet) (especially with reference to homosexuality) a state of secrecy or concealment. 5) (before another noun ) secret; covert: a closet… …   English terms dictionary

  • clóset — Voz tomada del inglés americano closet (‘armario’), que se usa en la mayor parte de América con el sentido de ‘armario construido en el hueco de una pared’. Es anglicismo asentado en el español americano. Su plural es clósets (→ plural, 1h): «No… …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • clóset — (Del ingl. closet). m. Am. Armario empotrado …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Closet — (fr., spr. Klosäh), 1) ein Raum für Utensilien; 2) veraltet für Boudoir …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • closet — index chamber (compartment), hide, private (confidential), sequester (seclude), shroud Bur …   Law dictionary

  • closet — [n] storage cupboard, usually tall ambry, bin, buffet, cabinet, chest of drawers, clothes room, cold storage, container, depository, locker, receptacle, recess, repository, room, safe, sideboard, vault, walk in, wardrobe; concept 440 …   New thesaurus

  • Closet — For other uses, see Closet (disambiguation). A wall closet in a residential house in the United States …   Wikipedia

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