Definition of closet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈklɒzɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈklɑːzət//
Rooms in a house
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  •   (especially North American English) a small room or a space in a wall with a door that reaches the floor, used for storing things a walk-in closet compare cupboard, wardrobe see also water closet See related entries: Rooms in a house
  • Word Originlate Middle English (denoting a private or small room): from Old French, diminutive of clos ‘closed’, from Latin claudere ‘to shut’.Extra examples He searched his closet for something to wear. He went to the closet and pulled out a suit. Her closet was filled with black clothes. I picked a shirt from the closet. I raided Bob’s closet for something to wear. More public figures are finding the courage to come out of the closet. They were hoping to find some skeletons in his closet. clothes hanging in the closet It’s about time I cleared out this closet. She has a walk-in closet for all her clothes.Idioms 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.
    (be, remain, stay, etc.) in the closet
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    to keep something secret, especially because of shame or embarrassment The country's harsh policies forced him to stay in the closet. Many gay celebrities still remain in the closet, fearful of intrusive publicity.
    a skeleton in the cupboard (British English) (also a skeleton in the closet North American English, British English)
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    (informal) 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 American Dictionary entry: closet