cu·​bi·​cle ˈkyü-bi-kəl How to pronounce cubicle (audio)
: a sleeping compartment partitioned off from a large room
: a small partitioned space
especially : one with a desk used for work in a business office
: carrel

Example Sentences

data entry clerks busily typing in cubicles
Recent Examples on the Web This kind of time management is especially important in hybrid and remote work environments, where employees won’t always have a manager hovering over their cubicle. Neil Khaund, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 For Xenia Estey, an intern at Honeybee Robotics who is currently hoping to transfer to a four-year university from community college, the games have given her reassurance to talk to coworkers beyond the cubicle. WIRED, 22 Aug. 2022 Someone at your office had COVID a few days ago and is now back at their desk in the cubicle next to yours. Cindy Krischer Goodman, Sun Sentinel, 3 Dec. 2022 No longer able to crane their necks around the cubicle and check in on workers, more employers have turned to monitoring digital productivity instead. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 18 Aug. 2022 But that doesn’t mean the comeback of the cubicle, FT promises. Byjane Thier, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2022 For example, many people with IBD benefit from having an office or cubicle closer to the bathroom, which can shorten the amount of time spent going back and forth during a flare. Elizabeth Millard, Time, 20 Oct. 2022 Their semi-cubicle workstations are are arranged in a pinwheel formation in the middle of a large, otherwise empty room, devoid of decoration. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2022 The once-sharp lines of what a worker can and cannot wear inside the cubicle have blurred. Diti Kohli,, 1 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


Latin cubiculum, from cubare to lie, recline

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Cubicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


cu·​bi·​cle ˈkyü-bi-kəl How to pronounce cubicle (audio)
: a small separate space (as for sleeping, studying, or working) usually having removable partitions

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