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

The chassis feels quite rigid, which contributes to a quiet and snug cabin. San Diego Union-Tribune, "2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE: A versatile 52 mpg," 30 Aug. 2019 On the second floor, above what will be a lobby and gift shop, Collins pointed to a small room that will be converted into a slave cabin holding a large family. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville will soon have a 'healing place' for black history at new museum on Main Street," 29 Aug. 2019 That’s child’s play compared with a 20-hour nonstop flight on Qantas, which is testing to see whether human beings can withstand being in a cabin for the better part of a day, Angus Whitley writes for Bloomberg. Los Angeles Times, "Escapes: Beyond Barcelona lies the Spain you should know," 29 Aug. 2019 Lufthansa introduced a new economy cabin in May, slimming down backrests to help with legroom. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airlines Are Finally Adding Perks Back to Economy Class," 28 Aug. 2019 Elsie and other family members relocated to a small cabin on the property and hid until morning. Korsha Wilson, Washington Post, "Black families once lived off their southern farmland. Their descendants are struggling to hold onto it.," 23 July 2019 Titus, 78, an Alaska Native elder who is Lower Tanana Athabascan, discussed growing up in a small cabin in an Alaskan village and the centrality of nature in his community. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "With ‘Molly of Denali,’ PBS Raises Its Bar for Inclusion," 15 July 2019 Onassis purchased the 340-acre property — which at the time was a sheep farm with a small hunting cabin — in 1979, according to the listing. Andrew Stanton, BostonGlobe.com, "Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s Martha’s Vineyard summer estate is on the market for $65m," 27 June 2019 The 340-acre property had a mile of Atlantic Ocean beachfront but, at the time, just one structure: a small hunting cabin. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Caroline Kennedy puts Jackie O's Martha's Vineyard estate on the market for $65 million," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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

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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