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/ ˈkæb ə nɪt /
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Origin of cabinet

1540–50; <Middle French, equivalent to cabine hut, room on a ship (of uncertain origin, but frequently alleged to be alteration of cabanecabin) + -et-et
su·per·cab·i·net, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cabinet

/ (ˈkæbɪnɪt) /


C16: from Old French, diminutive of cabine, of uncertain origin
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Cultural definitions for cabinet (1 of 2)


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.

Cultural definitions for cabinet (2 of 2)


A select group of officials who advise the head of government. In nations governed by parliaments, such as Britain, the members of the cabinet typically have seats in parliament. (Compare cabinet under “American Politics.”)

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