cab·​in | \ ˈka-bən How to pronounce cabin (audio) \

Definition of cabin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : a private room on a ship or boat
(2) : a compartment below deck on a boat used for living accommodations
b : the passenger or cargo compartment of a vehicle (such as an airplane or automobile)
c : the crew compartment of an exploratory vehicle (such as a spacecraft)
2 : a small one-story dwelling usually of simple construction
3 chiefly British : cab sense 3


cabined; cabining; cabins

Definition of cabin (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to live in or as if in a cabin

transitive verb

: confine, restrain significantly cabins the discretion of administrators— A. M. Dershowitz

Synonyms for cabin

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of cabin in a Sentence

Noun a cabin in the woods Don't unbuckle your seat belt until the flight attendant says it is safe to move around the cabin.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His father had been born and raised in a two-room cabin built on an Edisto Island plantation to house enslaved people. New York Times, 9 May 2022 The Sorento's is a rather luxurious cabin with materials that go beyond black plastic. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 6 May 2022 With a volume of 499 GT, the spacious interior can sleep up to 12 guests across six cabins, as well as 11 crew within four cabins and a captain’s cabin. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 2 May 2022 There apparently was never a little cabin with a bench by the door. Richard H.c. Clay, The Courier-Journal, 27 Apr. 2022 Now this is an escape: a 114-year-old log cabin on an acre of lush grounds on the banks of White Oak Bayou. Robin Soslow, Chron, 25 Apr. 2022 This June, George Divoky will refurbish a cabin that sits on a lonely gravel island north of Alaska. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Apr. 2022 Her cabin is gone, but longtime locals still call a nearby road by her name. Marisa Agha, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Apr. 2022 Camunas and partner Amy Kneupper lost heat in their cabin for about 12 days and lost power for about six. Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Should cabin crew wear full protective clothing, such as body suits and face shields? Angus Whitley, Fortune, 22 Dec. 2021 Over 500 members of British staff applied to take part, 125 appear, from Helen Wetton, a captain on the British Airways 777 fleet to cabin crew and baggage handlers, all showing them making their way back to work. Sarah Turner, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Still, those comments were overshadowed by her earlier effort to cabin Five Eyes operations from other issues. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, 26 Apr. 2021 North Star Camp for Boys ditched its dining hall, serving food to cabin groups at picnic tables. Connie Nelson, Star Tribune, 16 Apr. 2021 Cabin fever As Oakland deals with an increasing homelessness crisis, officials say the city’s community cabins program is part of the emergency response to dealing with a rising population living on the streets. Taylor Kate Brown,, 30 Sep. 2019 This card/band not only serves as your boarding pass and cabin key, but also as your onboard charge card, since cruise ships are essentially cashless environments. Elissa Garay, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 Aug. 2019 All the justices seem to agree that Congress can write a new law targeting flat-out profanity or vulgarity as long as only modes of expression—not ideas themselves—are cabined. S.m. | New York, The Economist, 25 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of cabin


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


1586, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for cabin


Middle English cabane, from Middle French, from Old Occitan cabana hut, from Medieval Latin capanna

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“Cabin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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cab·​in | \ ˈka-bən How to pronounce cabin (audio) \

Kids Definition of cabin

1 : a small simple dwelling usually having only one story a log cabin
2 : a private room on a ship
3 : a place below deck on a small boat for passengers or crew
4 : a part of an airplane for cargo, crew, or passengers

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