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

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

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.

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Bonus entry post one of these photos in your story @kodiakcakes #kodiakcakes Graham crackers are one of those snacks that instantly take me back to water balloons, tie dye, and the giggle fits that come with sneaking out of your cabin. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "Pull This Pork, Dip That Chip, and 5 More Things to See & Do This Week," 29 July 2019 Those believed to have been involved in the fight were confined to their cabin for the last day of the cruise, ITV reported. CNN, "Passenger dressed as a clown causes mass brawl on cruise ship, witnesses say," 28 July 2019 The suit states the Mr. Tonne was able to access and abuse the plaintiff at a Village summer camp for children because her cabin was also the location for some adult staff meetings. Elizabeth Dias, New York Times, "An Evangelical Megachurch Is Sued for More Than $1 Million in Child Sexual Abuse Case," 26 July 2019 From the moment Dennis, 26, flounced into her friends’ cabin for a day on the mountain, jaws dropped. Michele Corriston,, "Shop Kathryn Dennis' Red-Hot, $1K Sexy Ski Outfit from Southern Charm," 25 July 2019 To ask you to step into the parlor was Maggie’s favorite waggery, the divisions of her cabin being purely imaginary. Gertrude A. Zerr, Harper's magazine, "All the Nothing," 22 July 2019 From its functional cabin and all the necessary modern conveniences for charging and connecting, the Blazer is the family wagon redefined. San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Chevrolet Blazer is the family wagon redefined," 20 July 2019 Nick keeps his head down while working at a furniture warehouse, heading out on weekends to hunt and work on his cabin. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Movie review: Frank Grillo action yarn 'Into the Ashes' burns slowly and fizzles out early," 15 July 2019 But the company in 2011 secured a contract to supply the German airline Lufthansa with caviar in its first-class cabins and Kaluga Queen’s success in the intervening years has inspired others to follow in its footsteps. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "China produces loads of “black gold,” but will caviar lovers bite?," 14 July 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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