What's the difference between "cabinet" and "cupboard"?
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A cupboard is a closed piece of furniture with one or more doors and possibly shelves. A cabinet is more like a closet, and might be built into a wall or a separate piece of furniture. Cabinets are typically considered general-purpose storage, while cupboards are more for food and dishes. The two are somewhat interchangeable, and you might say that a cupboard is a type of cabinet.
In British English, a cupboard can be what Americans would call a 'closet'. See: cupboards and closets.
A cupboard would be a cabinet with shelving where you would place cups plates and bowls. Where as a cabinet would have shelves but would be used for other items and in a kitchen is usually located below the counter tops. Also a cabinet would be used in other places in a home besides the kitchen for storing other items.
protected by tchrist Mar 1 '15 at 18:22
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