Quick answer
"Cabinet" is a noun which is often translated as "el armario", and "closet" is a noun which is also often translated as "el armario". Learn more about the difference between "cabinet" and "closet" below.
cabinet(
kah
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bih
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niht
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (furniture)
a. el armario
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My kitchen is very old, so I'm going to buy new cabinets.Mi cocina es muy vieja, así que voy a comprar armarios nuevos.
b. la vitrina
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(with glass)
You can install lights to illuminate whatever you keep inside the cabinet.Puedes poner luces para iluminar lo que guardes dentro de la vitrina.
c. el gabinete
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in the Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
(Caribbean)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Regionalism used in Nicaragua
(Nicaragua)
They stored the old toys in a big cabinet.Guardaban los juguetes viejos en un gran gabinete.
2. (politics)
a. el gabinete
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The cabinet met with the president to discuss a variety of issues.El gabinete se reunió con el presidente para hablar de diversos temas.
b. el consejo de ministros
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The Japanese Cabinet held an emergency meeting today.Hoy el consejo de ministros japonés celebró una reunión de urgencia.
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closet(
kla
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ziht
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (storage space)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el armario
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I hung your shirt in the closet.Colgué tu camisa en el armario.
b. el clóset
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
You'll find towels in the closet.Encontrarás toallas en el clóset.
c. el placard
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(River Plate)
There was no closet in the room.No había placard en la habitación.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (secret)
a. encubierto
Anyone who does not support him will be considered a closet communist.Todo el que no lo apoye será considerado un comunista encubierto.
b. secreto
He pretends to be a rocker, but he's a closet country music fan.Él se hace de rockero, pero es un fanático secreto de la música country.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to shut in)
a. encerrar
They closeted the jurors in a small room until they reached a verdict.Encerraron al jurado en un pequeño cuarto hasta que llegaron a un veredicto.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
4. (to shut oneself in)
a. encerrarse
The principal and the child's parents closeted themselves for hours to discuss his behavior.La directora y los padres del niño se encerraron por horas para hablar sobre su comportamiento.
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