cab·in | \ˈka-bən \

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

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Synonyms for cabin

Synonyms: Noun

bay, cell, chamber, compartment, cube, cubicle

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Examples of cabin in a Sentence


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

An Emirates business-class cabin in an Airbus A380. Nicolas Parasie, WSJ, "Chateau Margaux for Seat 2A: Emirates Rewrites Rules for Airlines," 12 July 2018 The property features two barns and a number of cabins, the oldest of which was built in 1862. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Rare mammals, hiking and more: Forest Service adds 835 acres to Eldorado National Forest," 9 July 2018 The blaze has burned about 75 square miles (193 square kilometers) and destroyed 90 structures, including homes, cabins, sheds and garages, since starting Sunday in the mountains. Washington Post, "Wildfires rage through California amid heat rage," 8 July 2018 The fire has burned about 75 square miles and destroyed 90 structures, including homes, cabins, sheds and garages, since starting July 1 in mountains about 80 miles southeast of Salt Lake City. NBC News, "Weather grants some relief as wildfires burn in West amid heatwave," 7 July 2018 In addition to the private cabins, the couple have an events space that's popular for weddings, reunions and other gatherings. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's highest point - Timm's Hill - is a quiet escape away from everything," 5 July 2018 See cabin built in 1795 and 2-story springhouse/schoolhouse dating from 1800. Luann Gibbs,, "Fun and free things to do this weekend in Cincinnati," 5 July 2018 Moeller opened his door when a fireball engulfed the pressurized cabin, singeing the hair on their arms, legs and faces. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Pilot: 'It was completely quiet' before crash landing," 4 July 2018 The artist Thomas Schütte designed an off-kilter cabin, called the Blockhaus, to sit at the end of a path in Vitra’s green pasture. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Vitra adds a kooky wood cabin to its campus of architectural gems," 29 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of cabin

: a small, simple house made of wood

: a room that you can sleep in on a ship or boat

: the part of an airplane in which the passengers sit


cab·in | \ˈka-bən \

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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