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closet, the


closet, the rate
(Adult / Slang)
1. The place where some homosexual men and women hide, figuratively speaking, their sexual orientation.
See also: come out of the closet; stay in the closet; wear a mourning veil.

2. To conceal one's homosexuality to oneself and/or to others. Synonym: in the closet. Come out of the closet means to acknowledge one's homosexuality, to come to terms with one's sexual orientation and to live true to one's sexuality.

3. To refuse to associate with known homosexuals for fear of being discovered.


(1) Franky/Francesca (Ione Skye) to her gay cousin who lied to his father about having a girlfriend in Dream for an Insomniac (1999): ' Is it a little stuffy in that closet there, Roberto? '

(2) Graffiti or slogan: ' The closet is an awful place to die.'

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