cabin

noun
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

cabin

verb
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

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

As for factors keeping costs down in the future, Keyes points to steadily low oil prices over the last five years, plus airlines' tendencies to cram as many seats as possible into their cabins while expanding their networks. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Are the Discount Airlines Doomed?," 29 Mar. 2019 Ironically, his cabin was the only one in the canyon to survive the flames, the newspaper reported. Fox News, "Firefighters battle to curb wildfire before winds return," 10 Aug. 2018 Jessica Goldstein lives two miles from the U.S.-Canadian border in British Columbia and often traveled to Washington State to shop, visit friends or spend time at her family’s vacation cabin. Lornet Turnbull, Washington Post, "When marijuana is legal in Canada, Americans are expected to flock. But the border, and U.S. law, stands in the way.," 11 July 2018 Out back, adjacent to a large stone grill the boxer built, is his cabin, equipped with the same water pump, oil lamp, and coal stove. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "Muhammad Ali's secluded Pa. camp and the fight to save it, led by John Madden's son," 3 July 2018 Bryce Benson, was trapped in his cabin by the impact, which demolished his sleeping quarters, blocking the exit door and exposing the CO to open sky. Jasmine Khayami And Elizabeth Strassner, USA TODAY, "Collisions reveal a Navy tragically undone by its can-do spirit," 25 June 2018 Our cabins have always been here, but were in need of remodeling. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Dunes Theatre’s ‘Noises Off!’ brings behind-the-scenes British farce," 8 June 2018 Anderson’s racing calendars, photos, and notes still reside in her Minnesota cabin, where her racing bike is still on display. Kate Siber, Outside Online, "This Seamstress Conquered Bike Racing in the 1890s," 31 May 2018 Desperate, Sanderson gives the ex-pilot the code to the captain's cabin. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Jordan Peele's Take on The Twilight Zone's "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" Breaks from the Original," 3 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of cabin

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1586, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for cabin

Noun

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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cabin

noun

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

cabin

noun
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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