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cupboard

[kuhb-erd] /ˈkʌb ərd/
noun
1.
a closet with shelves for dishes, cups, etc.
2.
Chiefly British. any small closet or cabinet, as for clothes, food, or the like.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English cuppebord. See cup, board
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British Dictionary definitions for cup-board

cupboard

/ˈkʌbəd/
noun
1.
a piece of furniture or a recessed area of a room, with a door concealing storage space
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Word Origin and History for cup-board

cupboard

n.

late 14c., "a board or table to place cups and like objects," from cup (n.) + board (n.1). As a type of closed cabinet for food, etc., from early 16c.

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Encyclopedia Article for cup-board

cupboard

type of furniture that originated in the Middle Ages as a board or table for cups. The word also may have been used for a stepped sideboard and later for open shelves, both to display plate. Since the 16th century the name has referred to a case fitted with doors.

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