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



BrE BrE//ˈklɒzɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈklɑːzət//
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[only before noun] used to describe people who want to keep some fact about themselves secret closet gays I suspect he's a closet fascist. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting a private or small room): from Old French, diminutive of clos ‘closed’, from Latin claudere ‘to shut’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: closet