Definition of kitchen cabinet in English:

kitchen cabinet


  • A group of unofficial advisers to the holder of an elected office who are considered to be unduly influential.

    • ‘Later on, the kitchen cabinet was given formal status when Franklin Roosevelt created the Executive Office of the President.’
    • ‘He was the prime minister of a supreme War Cabinet, backed up by a new Cabinet office and a kitchen cabinet of private secretaries.’
    • ‘Throughout the turnaround period, the executives in the kitchen cabinet had essentially trained everyone else within the company to defer to them.’
    • ‘This means the executive committee will be bypassed and more powers invested in his kitchen cabinet of advisers.’
    • ‘And by their inaction, they not only handed authority to his unelected kitchen cabinet, but did great damage to the democratic process in this country.’