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  1. a closet with shelves for dishes, cups, etc.
  2. Chiefly British. any small closet or cabinet, as for clothes, food, or the like.
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Origin of cupboard

First recorded in 1275–1325, cupboard is from the Middle English word cuppebord. See cup, board
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  1. a piece of furniture or a recessed area of a room, with a door concealing storage space
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Word Origin and History for cupboard


late 14c., "a board or table to place cups and like objects," from cup (n.) + board (n.1). As a type of closed cabinet for food, etc., from early 16c.

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