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Definition of closet noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

  

closet

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈklɑzət//
 
 
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  •  a small room or a space in a wall with a door that reaches the floor, used for storing things a walk-in closet see also water closet
  • Idioms
    come out of the closet
     
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    to admit something openly that you kept secret before, especially because of shame or embarrassment Homosexuals in public life are now coming out of the closet.
    a skeleton in the closet (informal)
     
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    something shocking, embarrassing, etc. that has happened to you or your family in the past that you want to keep secret
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: closet