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

Examples of cubicle in a Sentence

data entry clerks busily typing in cubicles
Recent Examples on the Web Other than an excellent pair of noise canceling headphones, requesting a new cubicle is going to be your best bet for finding some peace. Roxane Gay, New York Times, 11 May 2024 Desperation led me to apply for an office job at a law firm in Westwood despite having zero legal experience and a unique disdain for cubicles and fluorescent lighting. Molly Lindsey, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2024 For example, when the person in the cubicle next to you asks if your partner will ever pop the question, distract them with a cute story about something your pet did over the weekend. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 18 Apr. 2024 The plot of The Mezzanine is deceptively banal: Howie goes to work, rips his shoelace, runs errands on his lunch break, and returns to his cubicle. Celine Nguyen, The Atlantic, 20 Mar. 2024 But with risks now receding, some employers are aggressively trying to get those workers back onto the road and into their cubicles. Tom Saler, Journal Sentinel, 14 Mar. 2024 In office spaces, a new type of cubicle has started cropping up over the past decade— phone booths that provide a slice of isolation for employees who want to escape from the open-floor plan. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 15 Mar. 2024 Each employee gets up hesitantly enough to afford them deniability if their king were to declare that anyone leaving ought to be imprisoned, their bodies still facing their cubicles until the final second. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 28 Feb. 2024 Surrounded by cubicles, clock-watching, and corporate red tape, the 9-5 has lost its appeal. Melissa Houston, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024

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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 25 May. 2024.

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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