Origin of cabinet
Synonyms for cabinet
Related Words for cabinetministry, administration, authority, committee, government, case, container, escritoire, closet, commode, repository, depository, locker, chiffonier, wardrobe, dresser, bureaucracy, assembly, bureau, council
Examples from the Web for cabinet
Contemporary Examples of cabinet
A third cabinet member used public funds to pay in an S & M bar.
Other cabinet minister scandals have been reported in the media, and investigations may take place.
Cabinet ministers of the day gather to review the names and the allegations.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero
November 29, 2014
Ralston predicted instead a Cabinet post in a Republican administration or a federal judgeship for Sandoval.Could This Be the First Pro-Choice Republican on a National Ticket?
November 20, 2014
One cabinet dedicated to dandies features a glittery red suit.Dodo Bones and Kylie’s Poo: Inside London’s Strangest New Museum
November 11, 2014
Historical Examples of cabinet
He was a member of the Cabinet, but not of the House of Commons.
We will work on this in the White House, in the Cabinet agencies.
But the most characteristic display of all is the "Cabinet."
It was in February, 1855, that Mr. Gladstone resigned his seat in the Cabinet.
Ay; so every thing is that I keep in that cabinet of curiosities.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
- a piece of furniture containing shelves, cupboards, or drawers for storage or display
- (as modifier)cabinet teak
- (often capital)the executive and policy-making body of a country, consisting of all government ministers or just the senior ministers
- (sometimes capital)an advisory council to a president, sovereign, governor, etc
- (as modifier)a cabinet reshuffle; a cabinet minister
- a standard size of paper, 6 × 4 inches (15 × 10 cm) or 6 1/2 × 4 1/4 inches (16.5 × 10.5 cm), for mounted photographs
- (as modifier)a cabinet photograph
Word Origin for cabinet
1540s, "secret storehouse, treasure chamber," from Middle French cabinet "small room" (16c.), diminutive of Old French cabane "cabin" (see cabin); perhaps influenced by (or rather, from) Italian gabbinetto, diminutive of gabbia, from Latin cavea "stall, stoop, cage, den for animals" (see cave (n.)).
Meaning "case for safe-keeping" (of papers, liquor, etc.) is from 1540s, gradually shading to mean a piece of furniture that does this. Sense of "private room where advisors meet" (c.1600) led to modern political meaning (1640s); perhaps originally short for cabinet council (1630s); cf. board (n.1) in its evolution from place where some group meets to the word for the group that meets there.
A group of presidential advisers, composed of the heads of the fourteen government departments (the secretaries of the Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of the Interior, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of Transportation, Department of the Treasury, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the attorney general (head of the Department of Justice) — all of whom are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate) and a few other select government officials. Theoretically, the cabinet is charged with debating major policy issues and recommending action by the executive branch; the actual influence of the cabinet, however, is limited by competition from other advisory staffs.