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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Examples of cubicle in a Sentence

data entry clerks busily typing in cubicles
Recent Examples on the Web Jose Rijo had this foul-smelling goop in a Mason jar on the shelf of his cubicle at Riverfront. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Maybe the Cincinnati Reds need some voodoo to get the offense going," 26 Aug. 2020 The cubicle rows, executive suites, and boardrooms all look vaguely haunted. Darren Franich,, "Farewell to Corporate, a great show that saw the world too clearly," 26 Aug. 2020 Designed by architect Shigeru Ban, the see-through toilets are supposed to let visitors inspect the cleanliness and safety of the cubicle before deciding whether to enter. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Ikea promises ‘democratic’ design. Has its Virgil Abloh collaboration lived up?," 25 Aug. 2020 Under the new mandate, properly distanced office workers get a pass on mask wearing when seated inside their cubicle. Dee Depass, Star Tribune, "Mask mandate isn't playing well on some factory floors in Minnesota," 30 July 2020 As restaurants, retail, offices, and other public spaces reopen their doors after an entire season of shutdowns, guests can expect to enter a new reality of sneeze guards, cubicle seats, six-feet floor markers, and more. Lauren Chipman, Fortune, "How can bricks and mortar reinvent itself for an unknown future?," 9 Aug. 2020 Masks are not needed for workers who are alone or are in a cubicle with walls that are face height as long as social distancing is maintained. Glenn Howatt, Star Tribune, "What you need to know about Minnesota's face mask mandate and other orders," 30 July 2020 Many are working from home rather than at call centers, where connecting with colleagues was as easy as making eye contact across a cubicle during a tough conversation. Suzanne Hirt, USA TODAY, "As calls to crisis hotlines spikes amid the coronavirus, those who respond feel the strain," 16 June 2020 Bill met me with a smile in his corner cubicle inside The Washington Post’s sports department at 15th and L Streets Northwest. Stephen Borelli, USA TODAY, "Appreciation: Coming of age in a profession under one of its greats, William Gildea," 25 June 2020

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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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29 Aug 2020

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“Cubicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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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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