[kloz-i-tid] /ˈklɒz ɪ tɪd/

functioning in private; secret; .
[kloz-it] /ˈklɒz ɪt/
a small room, enclosed recess, or cabinet for storing clothing, food, utensils, etc.
a small private room, especially one used for prayer, meditation, etc.
a state or condition of secrecy or carefully guarded privacy:
Some conservatives remain in the closet except on election day. Gay liberation has encouraged many gay people to come out of the closet.
private; secluded.
suited for use or enjoyment in privacy:
closet reflections; closet prayer.
engaged in private study or speculation; speculative; unpractical:
a closet thinker with no practical experience.
being or functioning as such in private; secret:
a closet anarchist.
verb (used with object)
to shut up in a private room for a conference, interview, etc. (usually used in the passive voice):
The secretary of state was closeted with the senator for three hours in a tense session.
a small cupboard or recess
a small private room
short for water closet
(modifier) private or secret
(modifier) suited or appropriate for use in private: closet meditations
(modifier) (US & Canadian) based on or devoted to theory; speculative: a closet strategist
verb -ets, -eting, -eted
(transitive) to shut up or confine in a small private room, esp for conference or meditation

late 14c., from Old French closet “small enclosure, private room,” diminutive of clos “enclosure,” from Latin clausum “closed space, enclosure, confinement,” from neuter past participle of claudere “to shut” (see close (v.)). In Matt. vi:6 it renders Latin cubiculum “bedchamber, bedroom,” Greek tamieion “chamber, inner chamber, secret room;” thus originally in English “a private room for study or prayer.” Modern sense of “small side-room for storage” is first recorded 1610s.

The adjective is from 1680s, “private, secluded;” meaning “secret, unknown” recorded from 1952, first of alcoholism, but by 1970s used principally of homosexuality; the phrase come out of the closet “admit something openly” first recorded 1963, and lent new meanings to the word out.

“shut up as in a closet” (originally usually for purposes of concealment or private consultation), 1680s, from closet (v.). Related: Closeted; closeting.


Secret; unsuspected •Although this sense is much earlier, it has recently been revived by the homosexual use: Puddin’ calls me his closet red-neck/ fellow who was known around the White House as a ”closet liberal” (1600s+)

as used in the New Testament, signifies properly a storehouse (Luke 12: 24), and hence a place of privacy and retirement (Matt. 6:6; Luke 12:3).



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