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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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