claustrophobia

play
noun claus·tro·pho·bia \ˌklȯs-trə-ˈfō-bē-ə\

Definition of claustrophobia

  1. :  abnormal dread of being in closed or narrow spaces

claustrophobe

play \ˈklȯs-trə-ˌfōb\ noun

Examples of claustrophobia in a Sentence

  1. She doesn't go in elevators because of her claustrophobia.

  2. the claustrophobia of small-town life

Recent Examples of claustrophobia from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'claustrophobia'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of claustrophobia

New Latin, from Latin claustrum + New Latin -phobia


First Known Use: 1879


CLAUSTROPHOBIA Defined for English Language Learners

claustrophobia

play
noun

Definition of claustrophobia for English Language Learners

  • : a fear of being in closed or small spaces

  • : an unhappy or uncomfortable feeling caused by being in a situation that limits or restricts you


Medical Dictionary

claustrophobia

play
noun claus·tro·pho·bia \ˌklȯ-strə-ˈfō-bē-ə\

Medical Definition of claustrophobia

  1. :  abnormal dread of being in closed or narrow spaces


Learn More about claustrophobia


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up claustrophobia? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a lively discussion

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!