What is the meaning of ' games' in this sentence?

"There are shelves at the top of my closet. I keep games up there".

The topic of the conversation is a description of somebody's bedroom and I struggle to explain what "games" is present for.

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    Video games perhaps.
    – user29952
    Commented Feb 27, 2018 at 15:16
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    Games (parlor games) come in boxes, and people store those boxes on top of closets when the closets are stand-alone closets.
    – Lambie
    Commented Feb 27, 2018 at 18:54
  • Thank you all you guys. In my bedroom, my stand-alone closet are full of clothes, socks, and my sister's bras inside. Commented Feb 28, 2018 at 1:34
  • @Lam I'd say it's somewhat more likely to mean in the upper portion of a conventional closet (not stand-alone), such as on a shelf above where clothes are normally hung. Otherwise, it would probably have read on top of. Commented Mar 13, 2018 at 5:37
  • I'm voting to keep the question open because there are multiple definitions of game that might reasonably present a difficulty to an ELL in answering the question by looking it up in a dictionary. There is at least enough contextual information included to warrant reasonable assumptions in answering. Commented Mar 13, 2018 at 5:39

1 Answer 1


Most likely board games, Risk, Monopoly, Catan.

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    Someone from Vietnam might not be familiar with those. The generic term is parlor games.
    – Lambie
    Commented Feb 27, 2018 at 18:55
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    Thank you all you guys,your comments motivate me a lot in my study of english. Commented Feb 28, 2018 at 1:23
  • @Lambie Board game is also a generic term for parlor game. These days few people have parlors so I chose the more common name. Nguyen I would suggest using "board game" over parlor game.
    – EllieK
    Commented Feb 28, 2018 at 15:50
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    I agree, board game is alright, it's that he may not know those brand-name games, that is really what I meant. :)
    – Lambie
    Commented Feb 28, 2018 at 15:57

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