cockpit

play
noun cock·pit \ ˈkäk-ˌpit \

Definition of cockpit

1 a :a pit or enclosure for cockfights
b :a place noted for especially bloody, violent, or long-continued conflict
2 obsolete :the pit of a theater
3 :a compartment in a sailing warship used as quarters for junior officers and for treatment of the wounded in an engagement
4 :a space or compartment in a usually small vehicle (such as a boat, airplane, or automobile) from which it is steered, piloted, or driven — see airplane illustration

Recent Examples of cockpit from the Web

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

First Known Use of cockpit

1585



COCKPIT Defined for English Language Learners

cockpit

play
noun

Definition of cockpit for English Language Learners

  • : the area in a boat, airplane, etc., where the pilot or driver sits


COCKPIT Defined for Kids

cockpit

play
noun cock·pit \ ˈkäk-ˌpit \

Definition of cockpit for Students

1 :an open space in the deck from which a small boat (as a yacht) is steered
2 :a space in an airplane for the pilot


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cockpit? 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 strongly worded attack

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

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!