cabinet Definition

  • 1a piece of furniture with shelves, drawers, or compartments for storing or displaying items
  • 2a body of high-ranking state officials, typically consisting of the top leaders of the executive branch
  • 3a small group of politicians who hold a lot of power within a government

Using cabinet: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "cabinet" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She keeps her jewelry in a cabinet.

  • Example

    The kitchen cabinets need to be repainted.

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    The president's cabinet meets every week to discuss important issues.

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    The prime minister reshuffled his cabinet after the election.

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    The cabinet members are responsible for implementing government policies.

cabinet Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using cabinet

  • no longer kept secret or hidden


    The scandal was out of the cabinet when the news broke.

  • skeletons in the cabinet

    secrets or embarrassing facts about a person or organization that are kept hidden from the public


    The politician was afraid that his skeletons in the cabinet would be exposed during the election.

  • belonging to the upper class or having high social status


    Only the members of the cabinet were seated above the salt at the state dinner.

Phrases with cabinet

  • a piece of office furniture with drawers for storing files


    I found the document you were looking for in the bottom drawer of the file cabinet.

  • a cabinet in a bathroom or bedroom for storing medicines and toiletries


    I keep my toothbrush and toothpaste in the medicine cabinet.

  • a group of high-ranking officials who make military decisions during a war


    The prime minister formed a war cabinet to oversee the country's military operations.

Origins of cabinet

from Old French 'cabinet', diminutive of 'cabine', meaning 'small room'


Summary: cabinet in Brief

The term 'cabinet' [ˈkæbɪnət] refers to a piece of furniture used for storage or display, as well as a group of high-ranking state officials or politicians. It can also denote a small group of powerful individuals within a government. Examples include 'She keeps her jewelry in a cabinet.' and 'The president's cabinet meets every week to discuss important issues.' Phrases like 'file cabinet' and idioms like 'out of the cabinet' extend the term's usage.

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