- closet drama,
- closet queen,
- closing costs,
- closing error
Origin of closeted
verb (used with object)
Origin of closet
Examples from the Web for closeted
He is expected to spend the next few days closeted with lawyers and advisers at his home, Royal Lodge, in Windsor Great Park.
When Tonie Tobias started at Delta in 1996 she was shy and closeted.
Flagrant anti-Semitism fell out of favor and was replaced by a closeted, unspoken bigotry.Superman Is Jewish: The Hebrew Roots of America's Greatest Superhero|Rich Goldstein|August 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That is, until he was cast as a closeted Wall Street banker in HBO's The Normal Heart.Taylor Kitsch on ‘The Normal Heart,’ Homophobic Right-Wingers, and Gays in the Military|Marlow Stern|May 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How will current, closeted NFL players feel about this in the coming months?Will Today’s Closeted NFL Stars Let Michael Sam Be the First Out Player?|Evin Demirel|February 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The next day he was closeted with the ticker-King at Thirty, Broad.The President|Alfred Henry Lewis
"I'm no hand at breaking things gently, Field," said Ray, when finally the three were closeted together in the captain's den.A Daughter of the Sioux|Charles King
In due time the Senator was closeted with some kind of deputy third-assistant battery-horse in the offices of the War Department.Wounds in the rain|Stephen Crane
Accordingly, the very next day, he proceeded to Washington, and was closeted with me for several hours.The Spy of the Rebellion|Allan Pinkerton
He had been closeted with the Secret Service officials, who considered the matter of the gravest importance.Molly Brown's College Friends|Nell Speed
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.