Meaning of CABINET in English


cab ‧ i ‧ net S2 W2 /ˈkæbənət, ˈkæbɪnət/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Language: French ; Origin: 'small room' , from Old North French cabine 'room for gambling' ]

1 . ( also Cabinet ) [also + plural verb] British English the politicians with important positions in a government who meet to make decisions or advise the leader of the government:

a cabinet meeting

a member of the Cabinet

⇨ Shadow Cabinet at ↑ shadow 3 (2)

2 .

a piece of furniture with doors and shelves or drawers, used for storing or showing things SYN cupboard :

the medicine cabinet

⇨ ↑ filing cabinet

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■ cabinet + NOUN

▪ a cabinet meeting

A cabinet meeting will consider the government's environmental policies.

▪ a cabinet member/a member of the cabinet

Two senior cabinet members have resigned.

▪ a cabinet minister

Cabinet ministers voted against the proposal.

▪ a cabinet reshuffle (=when members of a cabinet are given a different job)

Putin promoted his Defence Minister in a surprising cabinet reshuffle.

▪ a cabinet post (=a job in a cabinet)

She accepted a cabinet post with the new Conservative government.

■ verbs

▪ appoint a cabinet

The Prime Minister appoints the cabinet.

▪ form a cabinet

Ministers remain in office until a new cabinet is formed.

▪ join a cabinet

Lee was considered a likely candidate to join the cabinet.

▪ the cabinet meets

The cabinet will meet again on April 30th.

■ adjectives

▪ the inner cabinet (=only the most important members)

He was a member of Howard's inner cabinet.

▪ the full cabinet (=all the members)

There was a meeting of the full cabinet.

▪ the shadow cabinet (=the most important members of the opposition party)

He joined the shadow cabinet as transport spokesman.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.