cu·​bi·​cle | \ ˈkyü-bi-kəl How to pronounce cubicle (audio) \

Definition of cubicle

1 : a sleeping compartment partitioned off from a large room
2a : a small partitioned space especially : one with a desk used for work in a business office
b : carrel

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Synonyms for cubicle


bay, cabin, cell, chamber, compartment, cube

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Examples of cubicle in a Sentence

data entry clerks busily typing in cubicles

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The classrooms were cubicles divided by walls so thin that students in a government class struggled to concentrate while an EMS instructor next door loudly explained how to deliver a baby. Fox News, "From fire and ash to caps, gowns: Graduation in burned town," 6 June 2019 Shopping for a vacation is part anti-cubicle fantasia...and part personality disorder. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "The Real Reason You Like Shopping for Vacation," 5 June 2019 One woman alleged that in 2014 Kramer would visit her cubicle almost daily to share tales of conquests with women. Matthias Gafni,, "Contra Costa County Assessor Gus Kramer accused of creating hostile workplace, may face removal," 5 June 2019 The old spot on the seventh floor near Water and Mason was basically a big rectangular space filled with a field of beige cubicles. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'The cubicle walls crumbled.' Office spaces change to attract younger workers," 7 Feb. 2018 With their birth certificates in hand, Ms. Jackson went from one floor to the next and one cubicle and kiosk after another. Written By Nikita Stewart; Photographs By Sam Hodgson, New York Times, "Homelessness, Step by Step," 18 Feb. 2018 With a total of 100 beds, the women will have singular cubicles in a communal space and the families will have private spaces. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Kirkland to get new shelter for women and families, as Eastside homeless population rises," 13 Apr. 2019 Since then, dozens of its employees have filled cubicles across the agency, reviewing budgets on pipeline safety and analyzing data on hazardous spills by trucking companies. Neena Satija, The Seattle Times, "Federal contractors who lost health insurance during shutdown remain in limbo," 28 Jan. 2019 Plenty of designers have tried their hand at updating the cubicle for the modern age. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "A colorful new take on the cubicle," 22 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of cubicle

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cubicle

Latin cubiculum, from cubare to lie, recline

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The first known use of cubicle was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of cubicle

chiefly US : a work space in a large office with a desk that is usually surrounded by low walls
British : a small space in a public room (such as a bathroom) that has walls for privacy

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