cab·i·net /ˈkæbnɪt, ˈkæbə-/
1. A hut; a cottage; a small house. [Obs.]
Hearken a while from thy green cabinet,
The rural song of careful Colinet. --Spenser.
2. A small room, or retired apartment; a closet.
3. A private room in which consultations are held.
Philip passed some hours every day in his father's cabinet. --Prescott.
4. The advisory council of the chief executive officer of a nation; a cabinet council.
Note: ☞ In England, the cabinet or cabinet council consists of those privy councilors who actually transact the immediate business of the government. --Mozley & W. -- In the United States, the cabinet is composed of the heads of the executive departments of the government, namely, the Secretary of State, of the Treasury, of War, of the Navy, of the Interior, and of Agiculture, the Postmaster-general, and the Attorney-general.
5. (a) A set of drawers or a cupboard intended to contain articles of value. Hence: (b) A decorative piece of furniture, whether open like an étagère or closed with doors. See étagère.
6. Any building or room set apart for the safe keeping and exhibition of works of art, etc.; also, the collection itself.
Cabinet council. (a) Same as Cabinet, n., 4 (of which body it was formerly the full title). (b) A meeting of the cabinet.
Cabinet councilor, a member of a cabinet council.
Cabinet photograph, a photograph of a size smaller than an imperial, though larger than a carte de visite.
Cabinet picture, a small and generally highly finished picture, suitable for a small room and for close inspection.
Cab·i·net, a. Suitable for a cabinet; small.
He [Varnhagen von Ense] is a walking cabinet edition of Goethe. --For. Quar. Rev.
Cab·i·net, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Cabineted; p. pr. & vb. n. Cabineting.] To inclose [R.]
n 1: a cupboard-like repository or piece of furniture with doors
and shelves and drawers; for storage or display
2: persons appointed by a head of state to head executive
departments of government and act as official advisers
3: a storage compartment for clothes and valuables; usually it
has a lock [syn: locker, storage locker]
4: housing for electronic instruments, as radio or television