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Dictionary Definition

cupboard n : a small room (or recess) or cabinet used for storage space [syn: closet]

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English

Etymology

From cup + board.

Pronunciation

  • italbrac RP /ˈkʌb.əd/
  • italbrac US /ˈkʌ.bɚd/
  • Rhymes with: -ʌbə(r)d

Noun

  1. An enclosed storage space with a door, usually having shelves, used to store crockery, food, etc.
    Put the cups in the cupboard.
  2. informal rare A small room.
  3. A table or sideboard on which to display or store cups, dishes etc.

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Extensive Definition

A cupboard () or press (Hiberno-English) is a type of cabinet, often made of wood, used indoors to store household objects such as food and crockery, and protect them from dust and dirt.
As the name suggests, this piece of furniture was originally a simple board or table on which to place cups or mugs - recorded use of such a name dates back to at least the Middle Ages. For the last few centuries, "cupboard" has referred to a storage area enclosed by doors.
The term cupboard originally was used to describe an open shelved side table for displaying plates and cups and saucers. These open cupboards typically had between one and three display tiers, and at the time, a drawer or multiple drawers fitted to it. The word cupboard gradually came to mean a closed piece of furniture.

Airing cupboard

An airing cupboard is a large built-in wardrobe, sometimes of walk-in dimensions, containing a water heater; typically an immersion heater for hot running water rather than a boiler for central heating water. Shelves, usually slatted to allow for circulation of heat, are positioned above or around the heater to provide storage for clothing, typically linen and towelling. The purpose is to prevent damp rather than to dry wet clothing. Other names include "boiler cupboard", or (in Ireland) "hot press".

References

cupboard in Catalan: Armari
cupboard in Spanish: Armario
cupboard in Basque: Armairu
cupboard in French: Armoire
cupboard in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Armario
cupboard in Italian: Armadio
cupboard in Japanese: 食器棚
cupboard in Portuguese: Armário
cupboard in Sicilian: Armariu
cupboard in Simple English: Cupboard
cupboard in Swedish: Armoire

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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