verb (used with object)
- closet drama,
- closet queen,
Origin of closet
Examples from the Web for closet
One night in 2004, my college boyfriend called me from inside a closet in a north Toronto housing project.
But once Kanye came along, Kim had to literally clean out her closet.Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s Balmain Campaign: High Fashion Meets Low Culture|Amy Zimmerman|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When I was in the closet in my twenties, I considered suicide almost every day.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around|Jay Michaelson|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It should be possible to make an interesting film in a closet with the door shut.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hanley was forced to come out of the closet and resign all at once.
He and Gipsy are this moment devouring my lady's marmalade in the closet.The Beaux-Stratagem|George Farquhar
She went into her bedroom, and divesting herself of her apron hung it in the closet.Murder in Any Degree|Owen Johnson
The closet was filled with women's clothing of all kinds, and styles.The Eyes Have It|Gordon Randall Garrett
There was a closet between the two rooms: Wood bored a hole in the panel, and peeped through.Catherine: A Story|William Makepeace Thackeray
On the side of the pantry opposite this closet are two cup-boards, with doors and shelves above and below.Convenient Houses|Louis Henry Gibson
verb -ets, -eting or -eted
Word Origin for closet
late 14c., from Old French closet "small enclosure, private room," diminutive of clos "enclosure," from Latin clausum "closed space, enclosure, confinement," from neuter past participle of claudere "to shut" (see close (v.)). In Matt. vi:6 it renders Latin cubiculum "bedchamber, bedroom," Greek tamieion "chamber, inner chamber, secret room;" thus originally in English "a private room for study or prayer." Modern sense of "small side-room for storage" is first recorded 1610s.
The adjective is from 1680s, "private, secluded;" meaning "secret, unknown" recorded from 1952, first of alcoholism, but by 1970s used principally of homosexuality; the phrase come out of the closet "admit something openly" first recorded 1963, and lent new meanings to the word out.
"shut up as in a closet" (originally usually for purposes of concealment or private consultation), 1680s, from closet (v.). Related: Closeted; closeting.
see come out of the closet; skeleton in the closet.