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clos·et / ˈkläzit/ • n. 1. a small room or cupboard used for storing things. ∎ archaic a small, private room used for prayer or study. 2. archaic a toilet. 3. (the closet) a state of secrecy or concealment, esp. about one's homosexuality: lesbians who had come out of the closet. • adj. secret; covert: a closet socialist. • v. (clos·et·ed , clos·et·ing ) [tr.] (often be closeted) shut (someone) away, esp. in private conference or study. ∎  in a state of concealment, esp. about one's homosexuality.

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1. Private audience-chamber.

2. Oratory.

3. Dressing-room adjacent to a larger room.

4. Cupboard.

5. Secluded study.

6. Private pew in a church.

7. Store.

8. Water closet.

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closet private room XIV; cabinet, cupboard, privy XVII. — OF., dim. of clos; see prec. and -ET.

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