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[kuhb-erd] /ˈkʌb ərd/
a closet with shelves for dishes, cups, etc.
Chiefly British. any small closet or cabinet, as for clothes, food, or the like.
1275-1325; Middle English cuppebord. See cup, board Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cupboard
  • Yale is only one of the many teapots in the national cupboard in which these tempests are occurring.
  • Add in what never even makes it to the cupboard or the refrigerator, and the scale of the problem is considerably larger.
  • Before shopping at the market, see what's in your refrigerator and cupboard.
  • In fact, you'll need to clear out a pretty big cupboard to store a water bath canner.
  • One attaches permanently, out of view, beneath the cupboard.
  • Because clean dishes remain in the washer, the table becomes an ersatz cupboard between meals.
  • The hand slaps his forehead as if in penance, then he opens a cupboard.
  • Paula had several crocks of vinegar in various stages of development, as well as a cupboard filled with bottles of aging vinegar.
  • Political skeletons have been brought out of the cupboard.
  • Better still it could be stored under the sink, freeing up space in our ever cluttered under-stairs cupboard.
British Dictionary definitions for cupboard


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 cupboard

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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