[ kloz-i-tid ]


  1. functioning in private; secret; closet.

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  • un·closet·ed adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of closeted1

First recorded in 1675–85; closet + -ed 2

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Example Sentences

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.

And the geek, Lionel (Tyler James Williams), is a closeted gay who finds himself alienated by blacks and whites.

Bisexual people, too, tend to be particularly closeted both at home and in the office.

Flagrant anti-Semitism fell out of favor and was replaced by a closeted, unspoken bigotry.

He was then closeted with Ripperda for two hours; and Martini heard the voice of his master very high.

She had even gone so far one evening as to send tea in to them when he and Val were closeted together.

Thus they laughed and chatted, and time passed on, and still Monella and the king were closeted together.

The American Ambassador came to call in the late afternoon and they were both closeted for about an hour.

"Now tell me the story of it—with all the fine details," he demanded, after they were closeted in the captain's cabin.


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