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Definition of "closet" []

  • A cabinet or enclosed recess for linens, household supplies, or clothing. (noun)
  • A small private chamber, as for study or prayer. (noun)
  • A water closet; a toilet. (noun)
  • 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. (noun)
  • To enclose or shut up in a private room, as for discussion: closeted themselves with their attorneys. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "closet" in a sentence
  • "The lever action in my closet is a Marlin 39 AS I inherited from him."
  • "Push a gay person to a point of shame and self-denial — the closet is a far worse place than you can imagine, and leads to far more destructive behavior than you realize."
  • "Not to continue to invoke the hallowed name of Buffy, but the care with which Joss Whedon brought Willow into college life and then out of the closet is a good model to follow."