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a piece of furniture with shelves, drawers, etc., for holding or displaying items:
a curio cabinet; a file cabinet.
a wall cupboard used for storage, as of kitchen utensils or toilet articles:
a kitchen cabinet; a medicine cabinet.
a piece of furniture containing a radio or television set, usually standing on the floor and often having a record player or a place for phonograph records.
(often initial capital letter) a council advising a president, sovereign, etc., especially the group of ministers or executives responsible for the government of a nation.
(often initial capital letter) (in the U.S.) an advisory body to the president, consisting of the heads of the 13 executive departments of the federal government.
a small case with compartments for valuables or other small objects.
a small chamber or booth for special use, especially a shower stall.
a private room.
a room set aside for the exhibition of small works of art or objets d’art.
Also called cabinet wine. a dry white wine produced in Germany from fully matured grapes without the addition of extra sugar.
New England (chiefly Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts) . a milk shake made with ice cream.
Archaic. a small room.
Obsolete. a small cabin.
pertaining to a political cabinet:
a cabinet meeting.
private; confidential; secret.
pertaining to a private room.
of suitable value, beauty, or size for a private room, small display case, etc.:
a cabinet edition of Milton.
of, relating to, or used by a cabinetmaker or in cabinetmaking.
Drafting. designating a method of projection (cabinet projection) in which a three-dimensional object is represented by a drawing (cabinet drawing) having all vertical and horizontal lines drawn to exact scale, with oblique lines reduced to about half scale so as to offset the appearance of distortion.
Compare axonometric, isometric (def 5), oblique (def 13).
Contemporary Examples

Threatening Eric Holder With a Contempt Citation Is Just Cheap Talk Akhil Reed Amar June 21, 2012
As Anger at Eric Holder Grows, So Does His Value as Obama’s Lightning Rod Nick Gillespie May 29, 2013
Hunting the Obama Haters John Avlon December 4, 2008
Has the GOP Lost Its Mind? Michelle Goldberg June 13, 2011
Queen Gets 60 Placemats and Huge Chunk of Arctic As Jubilee Gift Tom Sykes December 17, 2012

Historical Examples

Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie Andrew Carnegie
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327 Various
The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson – Swanston Edition Robert Louis Stevenson
The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
Mysterious Psychic Forces Camille Flammarion


a piece of furniture containing shelves, cupboards, or drawers for storage or display
(as modifier): cabinet teak

the outer case of a television, radio, etc

(often capital) the executive and policy-making body of a country, consisting of all government ministers or just the senior ministers
(sometimes capital) an advisory council to a president, sovereign, governor, etc
(as modifier): a cabinet reshuffle, a cabinet minister

a standard size of paper, 6 × 4 inches (15 × 10 cm) or 61/2 × 41/4 inches (16.5 × 10.5 cm), for mounted photographs
(as modifier): a cabinet photograph

(printing) an enclosed rack for holding cases of type, etc
(archaic) a private room
(modifier) suitable in size, value, decoration, etc, for a display cabinet: a cabinet edition of Shakespeare
(modifier) (of a drawing or projection of a three-dimensional object) constructed with true horizontal and vertical representation of scale but with oblique distances reduced to about half scale to avoid the appearance of distortion
(modifier) (of a wine) specially selected and usually rare


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