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

Not to mention, Air France is the only airline pouring complimentary Champagne in all cabins, served on the Pape'ete route by chiefly Tahitian crew in traditional dress. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Everyone Is Suddenly Traveling to Tahiti," 9 Nov. 2018 An airline crew on a flight over Mumbai forgot to pressurize the airplane’s cabin, causing dozens of passengers to suffer nosebleeds, headaches, and unconsciousness. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Passengers Injured After Flight Crew Forgets to Pressurize Cabin," 21 Sep. 2018 For crew comfort, the interior of the spacecraft could have up to 40 cabins, a galley, and a shelter for passengers to climb into during a solar storm. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA isn’t going to pay for the BFR, so Musk charts a new course," 18 Sep. 2018 There are no hotels to speak of, but Airbnb has a few great cabins available (like this, this, or this). Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Bozeman, Butte, Big Sky, and Back: The Ultimate Southwest Montana Road Trip," 31 Aug. 2018 Airline's suspect that since certifying support animals is easy to do online, people do it now to avoid in-cabin pet fees. Fox News, "Gutfeld: Living in the media's lie," 18 Aug. 2018 Tamara Estes' family cabin, which her parents built in 1963 using wood and rocks from the land, was among the homes destroyed. CBS News, "Colorado wildfire destroys more than 100 homes; "extreme caution" urged across West," 4 July 2018 As reported in the Chinese business outlet Caixin, the Civil Aviation Administration said the co-pilot had tried to turn off a circulation fan so that the fumes from his vaping would not go into the cabin. David Meyer, Fortune, "How a Vaping Co-Pilot Allegedly Caused an Oxygen Emergency on His Plane," 13 July 2018 The Kona transmits a fair amount of road imperfection into the cabin, but the EcoSport's ride is even choppier. Mark Takahashi, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Edmunds compares subcompact crossover SUVs Hyundai Kona and Ford EcoSport," 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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