cubicle

noun
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

Synonyms

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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Since then, dozens of its employees have filled cubicles across the agency, reviewing budgets on pipeline safety and analyzing data on hazardous spills by trucking companies. Neena Satija, The Seattle Times, "Federal contractors who lost health insurance during shutdown remain in limbo," 28 Jan. 2019 Plenty of designers have tried their hand at updating the cubicle for the modern age. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "A colorful new take on the cubicle," 22 Oct. 2018 Arper’s new Paravan line is like a modern day cubicle. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "A colorful new take on the cubicle," 22 Oct. 2018 My boys have a little area between their two rooms that’s a little cubicle. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Amy Poehler Is 'Making It' Up As She Goes Along," 31 July 2018 Tearing down walls and cubicles in offices may actually build up more barriers to productivity and collaboration, according to a new study. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Open offices are as bad as they seem—they reduce face-to-face time by 70%," 13 July 2018 Whether or not the duo are actually headed to their 9-to-5 cubicles, though, is still up for debate. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "This Is How Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Do Corporate Couple’s Style," 8 Nov. 2018 Take inspiration from these insanely cute cubicles, or try some of these desk DIYs to help your space feel a little less basic. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "10 Decor Ideas To Give Your Basic Cubicle Actual Personality," 23 Aug. 2018 The Button-Up Shirt The trusty base layer of today’s cubicle armor, often in safe shades of blue, white and pink. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "How the Fleece Vest Became the New Corporate Uniform," 24 July 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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cubicle

noun

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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