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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun closet:


The word closet is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun closet

What does closet mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: closets

  1. a small room (or recess) or cabinet used for storage space
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of closet: cupboard
    • more generic term: storage space = the area in any structure that provides space for storage
    • more specific terms:
      • airing cupboard = a warm cupboard where you put newly washed clothes until they are completely dry
      • broom closet = a small room for storing brooms and other cleaning equipment
      • safe = a ventilated or refrigerated cupboard for securing provisions from pests
      • supply closet = a closet for storing supplies
  2. a toilet in Britain
  3. a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes
  4. a small private room for study or prayer
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: room = an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling
    • more specific words: cubicle / booth / kiosk / stall = small area set off by walls for special use
    • part: shelf = a support that consists of a horizontal surface for holding objects

Alternative definition of the noun closet


  1. [chiefly US] A piece of furniture or a cabinet in which clothes or household supplies may be stored.
  2. A small private chamber.
  3. A toilet; a water closet.
  4. [figuratively] The imagined closet in idioms such as [term, in the closet] or [term, skeleton in the closet]
  5. [informal, attributive] Secretly.

Definition of the verb closet

What does closet mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: closeted | closeting | closets

  1. confine to a small space, as for intensive work
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: confine = prevent from leaving or from being removed

Alternative definition of the verb closet


  1. To have a private meeting.


  1. "Closet" a.k.a. "The Closet" is a 2001 French comedy film written and directed by Francis Veber. It is about a man who pretends to be homosexual to keep his job, with absurd and unexpected consequences.
  2. "Closet" a.k.a. "The Closet" is a 2007 Hong Kong film directed by Kin-Nam Cho.


"Closet" is a composition.


Who is Closet?

Closet a.k.a. Christopher Batt: Christopher James Batt is a former English cricketer. Batt was a left-handed batsman who bowled left-arm medium-fast. He was born at Taplow, Buckinghamshire and educated at Cox Green School in Maidenhead, Berkshire.


Closet is a TV spot.

  • award:
    • Clio Award for Television/Cinema/Digital nomination for BETC Paris
    • Clio Award for Television/Cinema/Digital, received by BETC Paris

Phrases with Closet

Phrases starting with the word Closet:

  1. Closet Case
  2. closet auger
  3. closet drama
  4. closet queen

Phrases ending with the word Closet:

  1. Dry Closet
  2. Dry-Closet
  3. Hot Closet
  4. coat closet
  5. broom closet
  6. china closet
  7. earth closet
  8. earth-closet
  9. Linen Closet
  10. water closet
  11. In the Closet
  12. supply closet
  13. clothes closet
  14. Fibber Mcgee's Closet
  15. Came Out of the Closet
  16. come out of the closet

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Closet

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Google previewCloset Space (2005)

Geographies of Metaphor from the Body to the Globe by Michael P. Brown

The closet is a term used to describe the denial, concealment, erasure, or ignorance of lesbians and gay men.

The closet is an important term in queer theory and parlance because it conveys so simply and efficiently the specificity of ...

Google previewThe Hero's Closet (2017)

Sewing for Cosplay and Costuming by Gillian Conahan

The Hero’s Closet is the ultimate DIY guide to creating unique and fantastical homemade costumes This essential handbook offers detailed, step-by-step instructions that cover the basics of sewing costumes (which often require skills not ...

Google previewTHE WORKS OF E.M BOUNDS (2015)

by E.M Bounds

The closet is the heart's study. We will learn more about how to preach and what to preach there...

The closet is a perfect school-teacher and schoolhouse for the preacher. Thought is not only brightened and clarified in prayer, but thought is ...

Google previewPower Through Prayer (2013)

by E.M Bounds

The closet is the heart's study. We will learn more about how to preach and what to preach there...

The closet is a perfect schoolteacher and schoolhouse for the preacher. Thought is not only brightened and clarified in prayer, but thought is ...

Google previewSpace, Knowledge and Power (2007)

Foucault and Geography by Jeremy W. Crampton, Stuart Elden

The closet is the inevitable result: 'by the end of the nineteenth century, when it had become fully current - as obvious to...

In Sedgwick's remarkable essay in political epistemology, the closet is a place of contradictions whose impossibility ...

Google previewKimmie's Closet (2006)

A Fun Fashions Coloring Book by Yvonne Green-Evans

Kimmie’s Closet is a fun fashions for girls coloring book. It consists of 90+ pages of elegant and fun fashion drawings. Each image is framed, and on the reverse of each page is a line for ‘colored by’ name, and date.

Google previewRSMeans Illustrated Construction Dictionary (2012)

by RSMeans

A watercloset. closet bend The 90°soil pipe fittinginstalled beneath a toilet. closet bolt A specialbolt for securinga floormountedtoiletto the floor andsoil pipe flange. close tolerance A term describing smaller allowable dimension deviation than ...

Google previewThe Bedside Dream Dictionary (2007)

by Silvana Amar

The closet in your dream may have emotional, psychological, or physical connotations. Closets are used to store good things that we need as well as useless stuff. Emotionally they hold memories, secrets, precious emotions, and valuable ...

Google previewCraftsman's Illustrated Dictionary of Construction Terms (1994)

by James T. Frane

closet - a small room or enclosed space designed for storage . closet auger - a device used to clear a plugged toilet. It consists of a coiled spring cable with a crank handle on one end. The auger is rotated and maneuvered ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Information Technology and Security (2007)

COMM CLOSET: Physical location or storage area for computer and networking equipment; communication closet, wiring closet; slang terms. COMMENT: Public opinion on proposed or potential HIPAA related regulations provided in ...

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Quotes about Closet

The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet. (Lord Chesterfield)
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Scrabble value of C3L1O1S1E1T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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