• (RP) IPA: /ˈkæ.bɪ.nɪt/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈkæ.bɪ.nɪt/, /ˈkæb.nɪt/
    • (weak vowel) IPA: /ˈkæ.bə.nət/, /ˈkæb.nət/

cabinet (plural cabinets)

  1. A storage closet either separate from, or built into, a wall.
  2. A cupboard.
  3. The upright assembly that houses a coin-operated arcade game.
  4. (historical) A size of photograph, specifically one measuring 3⅞" by 5½".
    • 1891, Arthur Conan Doyle, A Scandal In Bohemia, Norton (2005), p. 19,
      Holmes took a note of it. “One other question,” said he. “Was the photograph a cabinet?”
  5. A group of advisors to a government or business entity.
  6. (politics, often, capitalized) In parliamentary and some other systems of government, the group of ministers responsible for creating government policy and for overseeing the departments comprising the executive branch.
  7. (archaic) A small chamber or private room.
    • Philip passed some hours every day in his father's cabinet.
  8. (often capitalized) A collection of art or ethnographic objects.
  9. (dialectal, Rhode Island) Milkshake.
    • 2012, Linda Beaulieu, Providence & Rhode Island Cookbook: Big Recipes from the Smallest State, p. 268:
      One of Rhode Island's most famous beverages is the Awful Awful, an enormous 32-ounce, rich, creamy milk shake sold at the Newport Creamery stores, a soda fountain and casual restaurant chain. This ultra-thick cabinet is "awful big and awful good," thus the name.
  10. (obsolete) A hut; a cottage; a small house.
    • Hearken a while from thy green cabinet, / The rural song of careful Colinet.
  11. An enclosure for mechanical or electrical equipment.
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