Cabinet meaning

kăbə-nĭt
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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.
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(archaic) A small or private room set aside for a specific activity.
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An upright, cupboardlike repository with shelves, drawers, or compartments for the safekeeping or display of objects.
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(computers) The box that houses the main components of a computer, such as the central processing unit, disk drives, and expansion slots.
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The definition of a cabinet is a cupboard used for holding or storing things, or a group of advisors.

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.

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Suitable for storage or display in a cabinet, as because of size or decorative quality.
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Of, relating to, or being a member of a governmental cabinet.

Cabinet matters; a cabinet minister.

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Used in the making of cabinets.

Teak and other heavy cabinet wood.

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A case or cupboard with drawers or shelves for holding or storing things.

A china cabinet, a medicine cabinet.

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A body of official advisors to a president, king, governor, etc.: in the U.S., composed of the heads of the various governmental departments.
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(archaic) A small, private room.
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Of a kind usually displayed in cabinets.

Cabinet curios.

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Of or made by a cabinetmaker.
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Of a political cabinet.
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A storage closet either separate from, or built into, a wall.
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(historical) A size of photograph, specifically one measuring 3⅞" by 5½".
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A group of advisors to a government or business entity.
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(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.
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(archaic) A small chamber or private room.
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(often capitalized) A collection of art or ethnographic objects.
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(dialectal, Rhode Island) Milkshake.
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Origin of cabinet

  • French partly from diminutive of Old North French cabine gambling-room (perhaps alteration of Old French cabane small house cabin) and partly from Italian gabinetto closet, chest of drawers Old North French cabine N., sense 5, possibly from the square wooden container in which the mixer was encased

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From cabin +‎ -et, influenced by French cabinet. In sense of “a government group”, compare salon, also named for a room used to gather.

    From Wiktionary