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[kyoo-bik-yuh-luh m] /kyuˈbɪk yə ləm/
noun, plural cubicula
[kyoo-bik-yuh-luh] /kyuˈbɪk yə lə/ (Show IPA).
a burial chamber, as in catacombs.
Origin of cubiculum
1825-35; < Latin: bedroom. See cubicle Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Midday had passed when she opened her blue eyes and looked around the cubiculum in astonishment.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Petronius withdrew then to the cubiculum, but did not sleep long.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Hence the Catacomb was designated the cœmeterium, or place of sleeping, and the funeral vault the cubiculum, or sleeping chamber.

    The Catacombs of Rome William Henry Withrow
  • When she had said this, she went to the cubiculum and returned soon with the tablet which Aulus had left.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Verum clausis omnium foribus, respondente nullo, in cubiculum rediit,' &c.; cap.

  • The little butler was accordingly summoned to conduct him to his cubiculum.

    Headlong Hall Thomas Love Peacock
  • Before the door, which communicated with the cubiculum, hung a curtain richly broidered with gold flowers.

    The Last Days of Pompeii Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  • On the left of this hall is a large lounging-room (cubiculum), and a lesser one beyond, with windows to the east and west.

  • Then order Narcissus to wait in the cubiculum, and do you come with me.

  • Clamore deinde ancillarum in cubiculum revocatus obiurgare eam coepit, quod tonsoris praeripuisset officium.

    Selections from Viri Romae Charles Franois L'Homond
British Dictionary definitions for cubiculum


noun (pl) -la (-lə)
an underground burial chamber in Imperial Rome, such as those found in the catacombs
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: cubicle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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