from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An upright, cupboardlike repository with shelves, drawers, or compartments for the safekeeping or display of objects.
- n. Computer Science The box that houses the main components of a computer, such as the central processing unit, disk drives, and expansion slots.
- n. A body of persons appointed by a head of state or a prime minister to head the executive departments of the government and to act as official advisers.
- n. Archaic A small or private room set aside for a specific activity.
- n. Rhode Island & Southeastern Massachusetts See milk shake. See Regional Note at milk shake.
- adj. Suitable for storage or display in a cabinet, as because of size or decorative quality.
- adj. Of, relating to, or being a member of a governmental cabinet: cabinet matters; a cabinet minister.
- adj. Used in the making of cabinets: teak and other heavy cabinet wood.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A storage closet either separate from, or built into, a wall.
- n. A size of photograph, specifically one measuring 3⅞" by 5½".
- n. A group of advisors to a government or business entity.
- n. 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.
- n. A small chamber or private room.
- n. a collection of art or ethnographic objects
- n. milkshake
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A hut; a cottage; a small house.
- n. A small room, or retired apartment; a closet.
- n. A private room in which consultations are held.
- n. The advisory council of the chief executive officer of a nation; a cabinet council.
- n. A set of drawers or a cupboard intended to contain articles of value. Hence
- n. A decorative piece of furniture, whether open like an étagère or closed with doors. See Étagère.
- n. Any building or room set apart for the safe keeping and exhibition of works of art, etc.; also, the collection itself.
- adj. Suitable for a cabinet; small.
- intransitive v. To inclose.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A little cabin; a small habitation or retreat.
- n. A small room; a retired apartment; a closet.
- n. A private room in which consultations are held; specifically, the closet or private apartment in which a sovereign confers with his privy council or most trusted ministers.
- n. Hence An executive council; the select council of a sovereign or of an executive government; the collective body of ministers who direct the government of a nation or country.
- n. A meeting or session of a cabinet council.
- n. A piece of furniture having shelves or drawers, or both, or simply cupboards inclosed with doors; especially, one of ornamental character, decorated with carving, inlaying, painting, lacquer, medallions of painted porcelain, or enamel or metal appliqués.
- n. Any part of a building, or one or more whole buildings, set apart for the conservation of works of art, antiquities, etc.; hence, by metonymy, the collection itself: as, a mineral cabinet.
- n. In printing, an inclosed frame for printers' cases, generally used for job-type.
- Confidential; secret; private.
- Relating to a cabinet; belonging to or constituting a body of ministers of state: as, a cabinet minister; a cabinet council.
- Belonging to a private collection, private cellar, or the like, and therefore presumably of superior quality: as, cabinet wines.
- Hence Of such size, beauty, or value as to be kept in a cabinet, or to be fitted for use in a private chamber: as, a cabinet edition of a book; a cabinet organ; a cabinet pianoforte; a cabinet picture; cabinet photographs.
- A council held with privacy; the confidential council of a prince or an executive magistrate; a council of cabinet ministers held with privacy to deliberate upon public affairs.
- The members of a privy council; a select number of confidential counselors; specifically, same as cabinet, I., 4.
- To inclose in or as in a cabinet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. housing for electronic instruments, as radio or television
- n. a storage compartment for clothes and valuables; usually it has a lock
- n. persons appointed by a head of state to head executive departments of government and act as official advisers
- n. a piece of furniture resembling a cupboard with doors and shelves and drawers; for storage or display
French, partly from diminutive of Old North French cabine, gambling-room (perhaps alteration of Old French cabane, small house; see cabin) and partly from Italian gabinetto, closet, chest of drawers; akin to Old North French cabine. N., sense 5, possibly from the square wooden container in which the mixer was encased.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From cabin + -et, influenced by French cabinet. In sense of “a government group”, compare salon, also named for a room used to gather. (Wiktionary)