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

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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 Some unlucky sailors have been confined to windowless cabins. The Economist, "Floating confinement Why the Philippines is a magnet for idled cruise ships," 23 May 2020 Roberts returned to the press cabin before Air Force One landed back at Andrews Air Force Base. Brian Stelter, CNN, "In public, Trump bashed Fox. Behind closed doors, he had a friendly chat with its top correspondent," 22 May 2020 Outside of Texas, nature-seeking travelers can also opt for city respites from Los Angeles, Portland, New York City and Atlanta, among other places, each about a two-hour drive to a Getaway cabin. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Getaway, new company, plans your 'escape' from Texas cities," 4 Mar. 2020 Some reported breakfast arriving to their cabin at nearly 2pm, worrying passengers with diabetes who need to eat regularly. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "3,700 trapped aboard cruise ship after coronavirus embarks," 6 Feb. 2020 The difference with United Airlines is there’s an extra charge to bring your regular-sized carry-on bag in to the cabin. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Airfare deals are out there — but so are various restrictions for travelers and stay-home orders," 2 May 2020 Their father, a physician, rented a bungalow near the camp, and once, he was called on an emergency to a cabin. Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, March 30–April 5," 5 Apr. 2020 Eddie, against Lindsay’s wishes, goes to the cabin and discovers his clothes under the house, with Alex’s charm bracelet in the pocket of his jeans. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Is Eddie A Murderer? The A Million Little Things Finale Raised A Lot Of Questions," 26 Mar. 2020 The report released on Thursday confirmed that Mr. Ibbotson had probably also been affected by the poisonous gas, most likely caused by a fault in the exhaust tailpipe that allowed gas to leak through to the cabin via the heating system. Anna Schaverien, New York Times, "Pilot in Emiliano Sala Crash Lacked Commercial License," 13 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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,, "Bay Briefing: Oakland’s sheds-for-homeless program — how effective is it?," 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, "A First-Timer's Guide to Cruising," 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, "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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The first known use of cabin was in the 14th century

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31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cabin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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