Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A closet or cabinet, usually with shelves for storing food, crockery, and utensils.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An enclosed storage space with a door, usually having shelves, used to store crockery, food, etc.
  • n. A table or sideboard on which to display or store cups, dishes etc.
  • v. To collect, as into a cupboard; to hoard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A board or shelf for cups and dishes.
  • n. A small closet in a room, with shelves to receive cups, dishes, food, etc.; hence, any small closet.
  • transitive v. To collect, as into a cupboard; to hoard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To gather as into a cupboard; hoard up.
  • n. Originally, a table on which cups and other vessels, of gold or silver, or of earthenware, for household use or ornament, were kept or displayed; later, a table with shelves, a sideboard, buffet, or cabinet, open or closed, used for such purpose; in modern use, generally, a series of shelves, inclosed or placed in a closet, for keeping cups, dishes, and other table-ware.
  • n. A similar sideboard, cabinet, or closet of shelves for the keeping of provisions about to be used.
  • n. Hence The set or collection of silver or gold plate, fine glass, decorated ceramic ware, etc., usually kept in a cupboard. Compare credence, 4.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small room (or recess) or cabinet used for storage space

Etymologies

From Middle English cuppebord. (Wiktionary)

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