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cabinet

A cabinet is a piece of furniture that has doors and drawers and is often used for storage, like a kitchen cabinet that holds your drinking glasses and plates.

Cabinets store things, like a bathroom cabinet that holds items like toothbrushes and soap. Another kind of cabinet is a group of official advisers of executive departments of governments. President Andrew Jackson had a group of informal advisers whom his opponents mockingly called his "kitchen cabinet," a term which has since lost its negative meaning and describes any President's closest confidantes.

Definitions of cabinet
  1. noun
    a storage compartment for clothes and valuables; usually it has a lock
    synonyms: locker, storage locker
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    types:
    glory hole, lazaretto
    a small locker at the stern of a boat or between decks of a ship
    type of:
    compartment
    a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area
  2. noun
    a piece of furniture resembling a cupboard with doors and shelves and drawers; for storage or display
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    types:
    china cabinet, china closet
    a cabinet (usually with glass doors) for storing and displaying china
    dresser
    a cabinet with shelves
    medicine cabinet, medicine chest
    cabinet that holds medicines and toiletries
    type of:
    article of furniture, furniture, piece of furniture
    furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy
  3. noun
    housing for electronic instruments, as radio or television
    synonyms: console
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    type of:
    housing
    a protective cover designed to contain or support a mechanical component
  4. noun
    persons appointed by a head of state to head executive departments of government and act as official advisers
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    types:
    British Cabinet
    the senior ministers of the British government
    shadow cabinet
    a group of senior members of the political party that is out of power; these members would probably assume corresponding positions as ministers in the British Cabinet if their party was elected
    US Cabinet, United States Cabinet
    a board to advise the President; members are the secretaries of executive departments; the United States constitution does not provide for the cabinet
    type of:
    advisory board, planning board
    a board appointed to advise the chief administrator
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