Meaning of CABINET in English


/ ˈkæbɪnət; NAmE / noun


(usually the Cabinet ) [ C +sing./pl. v . ] a group of chosen members of a government, which is responsible for advising and deciding on government policy :

a cabinet meeting

( BrE )

a cabinet minister

( BrE )

the shadow Cabinet (= the most important members of the opposition party)


[ C ] a piece of furniture with doors, drawers and/or shelves, that is used for storing or showing things :

kitchen cabinets

a medicine cabinet

The china was displayed in a glass cabinet.

—see also filing cabinet



mid 16th cent.: from cabin + -et , influenced by French cabinet .

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