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[kab-in] /ˈkæb ɪn/
a small house or cottage, usually of simple design and construction:
He was born in a cabin built of rough logs.
an enclosed space for more or less temporary occupancy, as the living quarters in a trailer or the passenger space in a cable car.
the enclosed space for the pilot, cargo, or especially passengers in an air or space vehicle.
an apartment or room in a ship, as for passengers.
(in a naval vessel) living accommodations for officers.
in cabin-class accommodations or by cabin-class conveyance:
to travel cabin.
verb (used without object)
to live in a cabin:
They cabin in the woods on holidays.
verb (used with object)
to confine; enclose tightly; cramp.
Origin of cabin
1325-75; Middle English cabane < Middle French < Old Provençal cabana < Late Latin capanna (Isidore of Seville), of uncertain, perhaps pre-Latin orig.; spelling with i perhaps by influence of French cabine (see cabinet)
Related forms
uncabined, adjective
1. cot, shanty, shack, cottage. 6. quarters, compartment. Unabridged
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  • Archie began to overhaul his traps, which had been piled in one corner of the cabin.

    Frank in the Woods Harry Castlemon
  • I took the colonel and his family on board of the Sylvania, and they are in the cabin now.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • Burford dashed from the cabin and confronted Rod and Marian.

    The Hallowell Partnership Katharine Holland Brown
  • Is the steward the only person who has been a constant visitor to the cabin?

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • That cabin is mine,' said he, pointing, 'and the one facing it is Mr. Jones's.

    My Danish Sweetheart., Volume 2 of 3 William Clark Russell
British Dictionary definitions for cabin


a small simple dwelling; hut
a simple house providing accommodation for travellers or holiday-makers at a motel or holiday camp
a room used as an office or living quarters in a ship
a covered compartment used for shelter or living quarters in a small boat
(in a warship) the compartment or room reserved for the commanding officer
(Brit) another name for signal box
  1. the enclosed part of a light aircraft in which the pilot and passengers sit
  2. the part of an airliner in which the passengers are carried
  3. the section of an aircraft used for cargo
to confine in a small space
Word Origin
C14: from Old French cabane, from Old Provençal cabana, from Late Latin capanna hut
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Word Origin and History for cabin

mid-14c., from Old French cabane "hut, cabin," from Old Provençal cabana, from Late Latin capanna "hut" (source of Spanish cabana, Italian capanna), of doubtful origin. French cabine (18c.), Italian cabino are English loan-words. Meaning "room or partition of a vessel" is from late 14c. Cabin fever first recorded by 1918 in the "need to get out and about" sense; earlier (1820s) it was a term for typhus.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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