[ kloz-i-tid ]
/ ˈklɒz ɪ tɪd /


functioning in private; secret; closet.

Nearby words

  1. closeout,
  2. closer,
  3. closet,
  4. closet drama,
  5. closet queen,
  6. closetful,
  7. closeup,
  8. closing,
  9. closing costs,
  10. closing error

Origin of closeted

First recorded in 1675–85; closet + -ed2

Related formsun·clos·et·ed, adjective


[ 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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Word Origin and History for closeted
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with closeted


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

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