[ kloz-i-tid ]
/ ˈklɒz ɪ tɪd /


functioning in private; secret; closet.

Origin of closeted

First recorded in 1675–85; closet + -ed2

Related forms

un·clos·et·ed, adjective

Definition for closeted (2 of 2)


[ kloz-it ]
/ ˈklɒz ɪt /



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.

Origin of closet

1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French, equivalent to clos close (noun) + -et -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for closeted


/ (ˈklɒzɪt) /


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 closeted


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

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