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

Definition of cabin

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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

camp, hooch (or hootch) [slang], hovel, hut, hutch, hutment, shack, shanty

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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

Fire managers have warned that the smoke will interfere with recreation plans, from air taxi pickups to use of cabins in the area. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Hess Creek fire, burning in Alaska’s Interior, is largest wildfire in the nation," 10 July 2019 Benke also played the saxophone, loved art and fishing and built his family a cabin in northern New Mexico. Washington Post, "Veteran AP newsman, author Richard Benke dies," 5 July 2019 Another option is to camp or stay in a cabin in Hoosier National Forest. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "You can get to these 10 unique road trip destinations from Indy in 5 hours or less," 3 July 2019 The renowned entertainer grew up in a one-room cabin in nearby Sevierville, on the banks of the Little Pigeon River near the Great Smoky Mountains. Wendy Pramik, USA TODAY, "Dolly Parton on Pigeon Forge stomping ground: Food is 'fried and deep-fried and refried'," 3 July 2019 The two lived in an isolated cabin in the woods, in effort to protect Eleven from the scientists who conducted experiments on her. Christina Dugan,, "Stranger Things 3: Everything to Remember Before Watching the New Season," 2 July 2019 Around that time, the couple—who met in 2006 online in Portland when Dr. Breon was in medical school—started taking care of a small cabin in Long Beach, Wash., that had been in Dr. Breon’s family for more than a century. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "An Oregon Couple With 57 Vacation Homes Makes a Permanent Stopover in Portland," 26 June 2019 Ensemble member Shade Murray will direct this horror play about the haunting past of a young couple stranded in a small cabin in the mountains of Oregon. Hannah Herrera Greenspan,, "A Red Orchid announces 2019-20 season," 14 June 2019 Cooper and two of Coughlin’s acquaintances, Evan and Ethan Carmichael, testified that the day after the murders Coughlin and Cooper drove to the Carmichaels’ family cabin in Granby to hang out with friends. John Spina, The Denver Post, "Prosecution takes aim at alibi on Day 3 of the Coal Creek Canyon triple homicide trial," 6 June 2019

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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, "The Supreme Court strikes down a bar on offensive trademarks," 25 June 2019

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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 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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