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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Designer Charles Edwards puts mill manager Grandmother Buryjovka in a glass cubicle with a picture of Lenin on the wall. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "A fairy-tale world premiere and Janácek's brutal but redemptive 'Jenufa' impress at Santa Fe Opera," 6 Aug. 2019 This reconsideration must be taken on as an urgent strategic task by the people occupying executive suites, rather than delegated to bean-counters in cubicles. The Economist, "SecurityCompanies must get ready for a riskier world," 11 July 2019 My cubicle-mates seem to be able to pop in their earbuds and focus, but I’m easily distracted. Karina Bland, azcentral, "Here's some good advice for working at home (mostly of which I ignore)," 17 June 2019 Or it could be used to spy on your co-worker in the next cubicle. Matthew Hutson, Science | AAAS, "Scientists use sound to see around corners," 17 June 2019 Photos: Madeline Marshall/The Wall Street Journal(2) To accommodate that, the Museum Support Center is renovating a 10,000-square-foot office space, ripping out cubicles and furniture. Daniel Nasaw, WSJ, "Tight at the Museum: A Smithsonian Struggles to Find Space for the World’s Stuff," 7 June 2018 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

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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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