closet

[ kloz-it ]
/ ˈklɒz ɪt /

noun

adjective

verb (used with object)

to shut up in a private room for a conference, interview, etc. (usually used in the passive voice): The secretary of state was closeted with the senator for three hours in a tense session.

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Origin of closet

1300–50; Middle English <Anglo-French, Middle French, equivalent to closclose (noun) + -et-et
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British Dictionary definitions for closet

closet
/ (ˈklɒzɪt) /

noun

verb -ets, -eting or -eted

(tr) to shut up or confine in a small private room, esp for conference or meditation

Word Origin for closet

C14: from Old French, from clos enclosure; see close 1
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Idioms and Phrases with closet

closet

see come out of the closet; skeleton in the closet.

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