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    closet

    What are the differences between these furnitures?
    closet (esp. American)
    cupboard
    cabinet
    wardrobe
    locker
    cubicle
    armoire
    press (esp. Irish & Scottish)

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    #2

    Re: closet

    Furniture is a collective noun. Ask "How are these kinds of furniture different?"

    In American English, a closet is not an item of furniture. It's a miniature room for storing clothes or other things.
    Last edited by teechar; 01-Jun-2017 at 13:38. Reason: added a comma
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    #3

    Re: closet

    Which of those terms would you use for a kind of furniture where you can put your clothes, dishes, books, etc. in?

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    Re: closet

    In American English a free-standing piece of furniture for hanging clothes is a wardrobe or in some areas, an armoire. If it has drawers for folded clothes it's a bureau or a chest of drawers.

    For books, it's a bookshelf.

    For dishes, it's a china cabinet or just a cabinet.
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    #5

    Re: closet

    What if you put miscellaneous things in it, e.g. DVDs, bottles, flashlights, etc.?

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    #6

    Re: closet

    It depends on what it looks like. It could be a cupboard, a chest of drawers, a closet or a cupboard.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: closet

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    For dishes, it's a china cabinet or just a cabinet.
    Or also a 'hutch'.

    Quote Originally Posted by AirbusA321 View Post
    What if you put miscellaneous things in it, e.g. DVDs, bottles, flashlights, etc.?
    I'm not aware of any furniture specifically designed for holding miscellaneous things. As emsr said, if you're re-purposing said furniture for this, it's still referred to by the original name.

    I have a drawer in one of my kitchen cabinets that I put smaller miscellaneous items in. I call it a 'catch-all drawer', but it's still just a cabinet drawer.
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    #8

    Re: closet

    I put misc. things in several wicker baskets. They are not furniture though.

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    #9

    Re: closet

    If you do a Google search for images for all of those words, you'll get an idea of what they are.
    I'll start you off with closets.
    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=c...w=1278&bih=590

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