An old wooden cabinet.
- An example of a cabinet is where you keep the cups in your kitchen.
- An example of a cabinet is the group of senior federal officials that advises the U.S. President.
The definition of a cabinet is a cupboard used for holding or storing things, or a group of advisors.
- a case or cupboard with drawers or shelves for holding or storing things: a china cabinet, a medicine cabinet
- a boxlike container, usually decorated, that houses all the assembled components of a record player, radio or television, etc.
- a boxlike container for a speaker (sense )
- a private council room
- a meeting held there
- ⌂ a body of official advisors to a president, king, governor, etc.: in the U.S., composed of the heads of the various governmental departments
- Archaic a small, private room
Origin of cabinetFr, probably ; from Italian gabbinetto, diminutive of gabbia ; from Classical Latin cavea, cage
- of a kind usually displayed in cabinets: cabinet curios
- of or made by a cabinetmaker
- of a political cabinet
- An upright, cupboardlike repository with shelves, drawers, or compartments for the safekeeping or display of objects.
- Computers The box that houses the main components of a computer, such as the central processing unit, disk drives, and expansion slots.
- often Cabinet A body of persons appointed by a head of state or a prime minister to head the executive departments of the government and to act as official advisers.
- Archaic A small or private room set aside for a specific activity.
- Rhode Island & Southeastern Massachusetts See milk shake.
- Suitable for storage or display in a cabinet, as because of size or decorative quality.
- Of, relating to, or being a member of a governmental cabinet: cabinet matters; a cabinet minister.
- Used in the making of cabinets: teak and other heavy cabinet wood.
Origin of cabinetFrench, partly from diminutive of Old North French cabine, gambling-room (perhaps alteration of Old French cabane, small house; see cabin) and partly from Italian gabinetto, closet, chest of drawers; akin to Old North French cabine. N., sense 5, possibly from the square wooden container in which the mixer was encased.
- A storage closet either separate from, or built into, a wall.
- (historical) A size of photograph, specifically one measuring 3⅞" by 5½".
- A group of advisors to a government or business entity.
- (politics, often capitalized) In parliamentary and some other systems of government, the group of ministers responsible for creating government policy and for overseeing the departments comprising the executive branch.
- (archaic) A small chamber or private room.
- (often capitalized) A collection of art or ethnographic objects.
- (dialectal, Rhode Island) Milkshake.