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 Even more sound-deadening materials arrived for 2004, as did new stereo speakers to take advantage of the ostensibly quieter cabin. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "A Visual History of the Honda Civic," 29 Apr. 2021 The cabin, built in 1927, was modernized by new owner Modesty Silva during the last year. Rosemary Mcclure, Los Angeles Times, "Stay in a tiny house for your next vacation: Here are 8 you can rent," 29 Apr. 2021 Some basic provisions such as pasta, soup, oatmeal, tea and coffee (single-serve pour over packets for use with the cabin's kettle) are available for purchase. Marnie Hunter, CNN, "Tiny cabins become hot property in pandemic," 29 Apr. 2021 New parts aim to improve straight-line stability and turn-in while reducing cabin noise and vibration. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2022 Honda Civic adds passenger space and safety technology. Here's a peek at what's new," 29 Apr. 2021 There is a flat cabin floor thanks to the elimination of the transmission tunnel, and each motor drives its own axle via a single-speed transmission. Michael Taylor, Forbes, "Volkswagen Claims 300HP For Its First BiMotor, AWD ID.4 EV," 28 Apr. 2021 That would likely push up premium cabin fares and squeeze out some leisure flyers. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Business class opens to masses as an affordable COVID refuge," 27 Apr. 2021 Thereafter, the live singing of, say, Catherine Martin (Waltraute) or Christine Goerke (Brünnhilde) fills the cabin, as accompanied by musicians located in various parts of the garage. Chris Jones,, "Review: Lyric Opera’s ‘Twilight: Gods’ is a drive-through Wagnerian hellscape in an underground garage," 27 Apr. 2021 The eFlyer 800’s cabin is comparable to its peers in the twin-engine turboprop class, exceeding some competitors and close to others. Daniel Bachmann, Robb Report, "This New 8-Seat Electric Airplane Costs 80% Less to Fly Than Conventional Aircraft," 26 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Still, those comments were overshadowed by her earlier effort to cabin Five Eyes operations from other issues. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Top British lawmaker fears China has split New Zealand from Five Eyes allies," 26 Apr. 2021 North Star Camp for Boys ditched its dining hall, serving food to cabin groups at picnic tables. Connie Nelson, Star Tribune, "Camps make a gradual comeback," 16 Apr. 2021 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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2 May 2021

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“Cabin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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