cu·bi·cle | \ˈkyü-bi-kəl \

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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Most of us can go to a movie theater, the mall, the grocery store, our cubicle offices and the doctor without really thinking of all the mass shootings that happened there. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "I’m feeling like a kid in America after the shootings of my fellow journalists," 28 June 2018 At our previous location, there were cubicle walls that absorbed some of the sound, but in our current space there is nowhere to hide. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Alcoholic friend should abstain from camping," 15 June 2018 The stationary computer was, for many, tethered to a workplace cubicle, or else situated in a home den where several parties fought over its usage with unremitting zeal. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "Serious Reporting Thriving on the Internet, Despite Predictions," 15 Sep. 2014 Much better than being caged in a cubicle for the summer, eight college students will get to ride motorcycles, and document their experiences, in a new internship from Harley-Davidson. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Harley wants interns to ride around the country posting to social media — the motorcycle is free," 20 Apr. 2018 San Felice and cubicle mate Anthony Messenger, a summer intern, had hidden under a single desk. Jean Marbella,, "Capital Gazette shooting: How a quiet day in the newsroom was shattered," 1 July 2018 For the professional guy who still needs to carry a laptop and documents between his crib and cubicle, there are two sizes of soft zip-top briefcases. Matt Sebra, GQ, "Mansur Gavriel Is Finally Making Bags for Guys," 29 May 2018 Area residents work in cubicles to fill out job applications during a second-chance job fair at Workforce Solutions Alamo in San Antonio. Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, "2017 was a robust year for hiring in San Antonio," 19 Jan. 2018 Last year, a bullet also went through the roof of Cargill Corp. in the 1100 block of Indianapolis Boulevard and landed in an employee’s cubicle. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Police urge safety during Fourth of July holiday one year after boy killed by falling bullet in Hammond," 29 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of cubicle

: a work space in a large office with a desk that is usually surrounded by low walls

: a small space in a public room (such as a bathroom) that has walls for privacy

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