- The definition of closet is something secret or unproven.
- An example of closet is a manly man who secretly enjoys chick flicks; a closet chick flick watcher.
- An example of closet is the universe being created by the "big bang;" closet belief in single-event creation.
- Closet is defined as a small space where clothes or other items are stored, or is slang for an environment of secrecy.
- An example of a closet is where you hang your jackets.
- An example of a closet is keeping one's homosexual orientation a secret; being in the closet.
An empty closet.
- a small room or cupboard for clothes, household supplies, linens, etc.
- a small, private room for reading, meditation, etc.
- a monarch's private chamber as for prayer or conference
- water closet
- a state of secrecy, esp. concerning personal homosexual orientation or activity: used with the
Origin of closetOld French small enclosure, diminutive of clos: see close
- private, secret, or clandestine: a closet drinker
- marked by theorizing; speculative: closet thinking
- A cabinet or enclosed recess for linens, household supplies, or clothing.
- A small private chamber, as for study or prayer.
- A water closet; a toilet.
- 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.
transitive verbclos·et·ed, clos·et·ing, clos·ets
- Private; confidential: closet information.
- Being so or engaging only in private; secret: a closet proponent of a tax increase; a closet alcoholic.
- Based on theory and speculation rather than practice.
Origin of closetMiddle English, private room, from Old French, diminutive of clos, enclosure, from Latin clausum, from neuter of clausus, enclosed; see close.
- (chiefly US) A piece of furniture or a cabinet in which clothes or household supplies may be stored.
- A small private chamber.
- A toilet; a water closet.
- (figuratively) The imagined closet in idioms such as in the closet or skeleton in the closet, a place to keep things hidden.
- The 'closet' can be a scary place for a gay teenager.
(third-person singular simple present closets, present participle closeting, simple past and past participle closeted)
- To shut away for private discussion.
- The ambassador has been closeted with the prime minister all afternoon. We're all worried what will be announced when they exit.
- To put into a private place for a secret interview or interrogation.
- To shut up in, or as in, a closet for concealment or confinement.
From Old French closet (clos + -et).