noun (1)
\ ˈkab How to pronounce cab (audio) , ˈkäb How to pronounce cab (audio) \

Definition of cab

 (Entry 1 of 5)

: an ancient Hebrew unit of capacity equal to about two quarts (2.2 liters)


noun (2)
\ ˈkab How to pronounce cab (audio) \

Definition of cab (Entry 2 of 5)

1a(1) : cabriolet
(2) : a similar light closed carriage (such as a hansom)
b : a carriage for hire
2 : taxicab
3 [short for cabin]
a : the part of a locomotive that houses the engineer and operating controls
b : a comparable shelter (as on a truck) housing operating controls


cabbed; cabbing

Definition of cab (Entry 3 of 5)

intransitive verb

: to travel in a cab cabbed back to the hotel


noun (3), often capitalized
\ ˈkab How to pronounce cab (audio) \

Definition of cab (Entry 4 of 5)

Definition of CAB (Entry 5 of 5)

Civil Aeronautics Board

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Synonyms: Noun (2)

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First Known Use of cab

Noun (1)

1535, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


1831, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1986, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cab

Noun (1)

Hebrew qabh

Noun (2)

short for cabriolet

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“Cab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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\ ˈkab How to pronounce cab (audio) \

Kids Definition of cab

1 : a light closed carriage pulled by a horse
2 : a vehicle that carries paying passengers : taxicab
3 : the covered compartment for the engineer and the controls of a locomotive or for the operator of a truck, tractor, or crane

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