from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A cabinet or enclosed recess for linens, household supplies, or clothing.
- n. A small private chamber, as for study or prayer.
- n. A water closet; a toilet.
- n. A state of secrecy or cautious privacy: Two days before the election, the candidate suddenly came out of the closet and denounced the proposed law.
- transitive v. To enclose or shut up in a private room, as for discussion: closeted themselves with their attorneys.
- adj. Private; confidential: closet information.
- adj. Being so or engaging only in private; secret: a closet proponent of a tax increase; a closet alcoholic.
- adj. Based on theory and speculation rather than practice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A piece of furniture or a cabinet in which clothes or household supplies may be stored.
- n. A small private chamber.
- n. A toilet; a water closet.
- n. The imagined closet in idioms such as in the closet or skeleton in the closet, a place to keep things hidden.
- adj. Secret.
- v. To shut away for private discussion.
- v. To put into a private place for a secret interview or interrogation.
- v. To shut up in, or as in, a closet for concealment or confinement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small room or apartment for retirement; a room for privacy.
- n. A small apartment, or recess in the side of a room, for household utensils, clothing, etc.
- transitive v. To shut up in, or as in, a closet; to conceal.
- transitive v. To make into a closet for a secret interview.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small room or apartment for retirement; any room for privacy; a small supplementary apartment communicating with another, as a dressing-room with a bedroom; hence, in religious literature, the place or habit of devotional seclusion.
- n. A small side room or inclosed recess for storing utensils, clothing, provisions, curiosities, etc.
- n. A bedroom.
- n. A secret place; a place for the storing of precious things.
- n. An inclosed or inside part.
- n. In heraldry, a diminutive of the bar, one half of its width.
- Restricted, as to a closet; pertaining to or done in privacy or seclusion; suitable to or designed for private consideration or use; private; secluded: as, a closet conference or intrigue; closet reflections; a closet book or picture.
- Intimate; sharing one's privacy.
- Fitted only for seclusion or the privacy of a scholar; not adapted to the conditions of a practical life; merely theoretical; unpractical: as, a closet philosopher or theory.
- To inclose or shut up, as in a closet or close compartment.
- To admit into or as into a closet, as for concealment or for private and confidential or clandestine consultation: used chiefly in the past participle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. confine to a small space, as for intensive work
- n. a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes
- n. a toilet in Britain
- n. a small private room for study or prayer
- n. a small room (or recess) or cabinet used for storage space
Middle English, private room, from Old French, diminutive of clos, enclosure, from Latin clausum, from neuter of clausus, enclosed; see close.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French closet (clos + -et) (Wiktionary)