cabinet

cabinet (n.) 1540s, from M.Fr. cabinet "small room" (16c.), dim. of O.Fr. cabane "cabin" (see CABIN (Cf. cabin)); perhaps influenced by (or rather, from) It. gabbinetto, dim. of gabbia, from L. cavea "stall, stoop, cage, den for animals." Sense of "private room where advisors meet" (c.1600) led to modern political meaning (1640s); Cf. board in its evolution from place where some group meets to the word for the group that meets there.

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  • cabinet — [ kabinɛ ] n. m. • 1491 « petite chambre »; du picard cabine I ♦ 1 ♦ Rare en emploi libre Petite pièce située à l écart. ⇒ 2. réduit. Cabinet de débarras. ⇒ cagibi. CABINET NOIR, sans fenêtre. Menacer un enfant de l enfermer au cabinet noir.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • cabinet — CABINÉT, cabinete, s.n. I. 1. Încăpere dintr o locuinţă sau dintr o instituţie, folosită pentru exercitarea unei profesiuni. ♦ Biroul unei persoane cu muncă de răspundere. Cabinetul ministrului ♢ Şef (sau director) de cabinet = funcţionar… …   Dicționar Român

  • cabinet — CABINET. s. m. Lieu de retraite pour travailler, ou converser en particulier, ou pour y serrer des papiers, des livres, ou quelque autre chose, selon la profession ou l humeur de la personne qui y habite. Grand cabinet. petit cabinet. cabinet à… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Cabinet — Cab i*net (k[a^]b [i^]*n[e^]t), n. [F., dim. of cabine or cabane. See {Cabin}, n.] 1. A hut; a cottage; a small house. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Hearken a while from thy green cabinet, The rural song of careful Colinet. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cabinet — index bench, board, chamber (body), commission (agency), committee Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • cabinet — cab‧i‧net [ˈkæbnt] noun [countable] the group of politicians, including the leader of the government, who hold important positions in the government and meet regularly to discuss important issues: • a law approved by the prime minister and his… …   Financial and business terms

  • cabinet — Cabinet, alij malunt, Gabinet, Cistula, Conclaue, Pinacotheca. Le cabinet du Roy, Cimeliarchium. B. Qui a la clef du cabinet, Cimeliarcha. Somme contente ou Cabinet du Roy, Confiscata summa. B. ex Sueton. Le cabinet d une femme, toutes les sortes …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • cabinet — [kab′ə nit] n. [Fr, prob. < It gabbinetto, dim. of gabbia < L cavea, CAGE] 1. a case or cupboard with drawers or shelves for holding or storing things [a china cabinet, a medicine cabinet] 2. a) a boxlike container, usually decorated, that… …   English World dictionary

  • Cabinet — Cabinet …   Википедия

  • Cabinet — Cabinet, 1) ein kleineres Behältniß neben einem größern Zimmer, dient als Spielgemach, Toilette, Buffet, Garderobe etc. 2) In Palästen, Wohn oder Arbeitszimmer, letzteres namentlich für regierende Fürsten, zugleich Versammlungsort der höchsten… …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • Cabinet — Cab i*net, a. Suitable for a cabinet; small. [1913 Webster] He [Varnhagen von Ense] is a walking cabinet edition of Goethe. For. Quar. Rev. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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