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cabin

noun cab·in \ ˈka-bən \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of cabin

1 a (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 3

Examples of cabin in a Sentence

  1. a cabin in the woods

  2. Don't unbuckle your seat belt until the flight attendant says it is safe to move around the cabin.

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Origin and Etymology of cabin

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

cabin Synonyms

Synonyms
shack, camp, hooch (or hootch) [slang], hovel, hut, hutch, hutment, shanty
Related Words
lean-to, shed; cot, cottage, lodge; cabana; bungalow, chalet; hogan, wickiup, wigwam; tent

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cabin

verb

Definition of cabin

intransitive verb
: to live in or as if in a cabin
transitive verb
: confine, restrain
  • significantly cabins the discretion of administrators
  • —A. M. Dershowitz

First Known Use of cabin

1586



CABIN Defined for English Language Learners

cabin

noun

Definition of cabin for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CABIN Defined for Kids

cabin

noun cab·in \ ˈka-bən \

Definition of cabin for Students

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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