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1. Properly, a board, or table on which to place cups and other vessels.

2. Piece of furniture for the display of plate, etc.

3. A sideboard.

4. Closet or cabinet with shelves for the storage of dishes, cups, etc. In some cases (1) was combined with (4), the board forming the door of the cupboard, which, when lowered on its hinges, stood on a folding leg and provided a table. A zcupboard-bed was one either fitted within a recess, or capable of being folded away when not in use.

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cupboard cupboard love affection that is feigned in order to obtain something; the expression is recorded from the mid 18th century, but there is a mid-17th century example of ‘all for the love of a cupboard’, in which the cupboard represents the food it contains.

See also skeleton in the cupboard.

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cup·board / ˈkəbərd/ • n. a cabinet or closet, usually with a door and shelves, used for storage: a kitchen cupboard.