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[kuhb-erd] /ˈkʌb ərd/
a closet with shelves for dishes, cups, etc.
Chiefly British. any small closet or cabinet, as for clothes, food, or the like.
Origin of cupboard
1275-1325; Middle English cuppebord. See cup, board Unabridged
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  • Besides this, there was a sort of cupboard to hold provisions.

    Fred Markham in Russia W. H. G. Kingston
  • The room was empty, and the only cupboard which might have concealed an intruder was wide open.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • Call to your mind what I did standing at the cupboard at Alnwick.

    Familiar Studies of Men and Books Robert Louis Stevenson
  • I—I put it away in the cupboard; I suppose it is there still.

    The Little Lame Prince Dinah Maria Mulock
  • Mrs. Netherton: The cupboard was part of the design, was it not?

    Green Spring Farm Ross Netherton
British Dictionary definitions for cupboard


a piece of furniture or a recessed area of a room, with a door concealing storage space
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Word Origin and History for cupboard

late 14c., "a board or table to place cups and like objects," from cup (n.) + board (n.1). As a type of closed cabinet for food, etc., from early 16c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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