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 In a simulated cabin that can be filled with smoke and plunged into darkness, the FAA will try to determine at what point the size of seats and space between rows becomes a hazard to evacuating an airplane quickly. CBS News, "FAA tests airplane seat size safety for first time, but some critics call experiments "a sham"," 26 Nov. 2019 Other pickup trucks are boxy, with a square cabin in the front and a flatbed in the back. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk: Tesla Cybertruck already has 200,000 pre-orders," 25 Nov. 2019 Every Sunday, about two dozen people gather at a green cabin along the main drag of Big Bear, Calif., a small mountain town known for its namesake lake. Arit John, New York Times, "Is Weed Church Church?," 23 Nov. 2019 Singer-songwriter Ben Zaidi wrote much of his new album in a friend’s cabin deep in the woods of Vermont. Chrissie Dickinson,, "Ben Zaidi’s electro pop came to life in the solitude of a cabin in the woods," 21 Nov. 2019 During his seven-minute-long address, Cotton traced the evolution of the paper from a simple log cabin in the territorial capital, Arkansas Post, to a statewide institution, printed in Little Rock and available, via the internet, around the globe. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, "VIDEOS: U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton, John Boozman mark newspaper's 200th anniversary," 21 Nov. 2019 Her brother slept in a cabin at the corral to round up remaining reindeer the next day. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, "The Fight for the Reindeer," 18 Nov. 2019 When a chimney malfunctioned and filled a cabin with smoke, the court said, an employee took a burning log from the fireplace, carried it outside, and accidentally spilled embers onto dry vegetation, igniting the fire. Bob Egelko,, "Court rules corporations can be on hook for costs of fighting California fires," 18 Nov. 2019 She was held hostage for 88 days underneath a bed in a small cabin in Gordon, roughly an hour-long drive north from Barron. Fox News, "Jayme Closs' kidnapper gets in fight at New Mexico prison, video shows," 18 Nov. 2019 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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30 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Cabin.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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