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Cupboard Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    cupboard n : a small room (or recess) or cabinet used for storage space [syn: closet]
Cupboard Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Cupboard \Cup"board\ (k[u^]b"b[~e]rd), n. [Cup + board.]
  1. A board or shelf for cups and dishes. [Obs.] --Bacon.
  2. A small closet in a room, with shelves to receive cups, dishes, food, etc.; hence, any small closet. Cupboard love, interested love, or that which has an eye to the cupboard. ``A cupboard love is seldom true.'' --Poor Robin. [Colloq.] To cry cupboard, to call for food; to express hunger. [Colloq.] ``My stomach cries cupboard.'' --W. Irving.
Cupboard Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Cupboard \Cup"board\, v. t. To collect, as into a cupboard; to hoard. [R.] --Shak.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Cupboard'


A cupboard (pronounced /ˈkʌbərd/) or press (Hiberno-English) is a type of cabinet, often made of wood, used indoors to store household objects such as food, crockery, textiles and liquor, 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 was originally used to describe an open-shelved side table for displaying plates, 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 them. The word cupboard gradually came to mean a closed piece of furniture.

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  • CUPBOARD in Brentford block of flats is put on sale for £7,500
    The estate agent selling the 5ft by 12ft room in Brentford says it is perfect for someone looking for more storage at a price he believes will save the buyer money. Read more on this news related to 'Cupboard'
  • Tiny storage cupboard for sale in London for £7,500
    The broom cupboard in Brentford is an expensive option for homeowners looking for some extra storage space Read more on this news related to 'Cupboard'
  • Trying to save for a home? Here is a $13,000 cupboard
    A CUPBOARD has been put on the market for AUD$13,400 in another baffling example of London's housing crisis. The cupboard, located in Brentford Dock housing estate overlooking the Thames, measures five foot by 12 foot. Read more on this news related to 'Cupboard'

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