Origin of cabinet
Examples from the Web for 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|Clive Irving|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?|David Freedlander|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One cabinet dedicated to dandies features a glittery red suit.Dodo Bones and Kylie’s Poo: Inside London’s Strangest New Museum|Liza Foreman|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But in the cabinet meeting after the destruction of the hidden enemy cruiser, the tone was set by highly practical men.Talents, Incorporated|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
And in Ireland they are drifting into great difficulties which may even break up the Cabinet.Secret History of the English Occupation of Egypt|Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
Going up the street I met another unlucky, a young man twenty-five years of age, a cabinet finisher by trade.Broke|Edwin A. Brown
The shelf and cabinet above may be as ornamental as desired.Convenient Houses|Louis Henry Gibson
His eyes wandered round the room a moment, and he went to a cabinet of bric--brac that stood between the windows.The Relentless City|Edward Frederic Benson
British Dictionary definitions for cabinet
- 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
Word Origin and History 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.
Culture definitions for cabinet (1 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.”)
Culture definitions for cabinet (2 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.