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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. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • There is no doubt that Petronilla was buried in close proximity to this cubiculum.

    Pagan and Christian Rome Rodolfo Lanciani
  • Petronius withdrew then to the cubiculum, but did not sleep long.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • When she had said this, she went to the cubiculum and returned soon with the tablet which Aulus had left.

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

  • 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.

  • Beautiful as is the marble in the church, it failed to impress us as did this replica in the appropriate setting of the cubiculum.

    Italian Days and Ways

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

    Selections from Viri Romae Charles Franois L'Homond
  • Each side of the cubiculum, except that of the entrance, usually contains a recessed tomb, either a table-tomb or an arcosolium.

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
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