[ kab-in ]
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  1. a small house or cottage, usually of simple design and construction: He was born in a cabin built of rough logs.

  2. an enclosed space for more or less temporary occupancy, as the living quarters in a trailer or the passenger space in a cable car.

  1. the enclosed space for the pilot, cargo, or especially passengers in an air or space vehicle.

  2. an apartment or room in a ship, as for passengers.

  3. (in a naval vessel) living accommodations for officers.

  1. in cabin-class accommodations or by cabin-class conveyance: to travel cabin.

verb (used without object)
  1. to live in a cabin: They cabin in the woods on holidays.

verb (used with object)
  1. to confine; enclose tightly; cramp.

Origin of cabin

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English cabane, from Middle French, from Old Provençal cabana, from Late Latin capanna, of uncertain, perhaps pre-Latin origin; spelling with “i” perhaps by influence of French cabine (see cabinet)

Other words for cabin

Other words from cabin

  • un·cab·ined, adjective

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How to use cabin in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cabin


/ (ˈkæbɪn) /

  1. a small simple dwelling; hut

  2. a simple house providing accommodation for travellers or holiday-makers at a motel or holiday camp

  1. a room used as an office or living quarters in a ship

  2. a covered compartment used for shelter or living quarters in a small boat

  3. (in a warship) the compartment or room reserved for the commanding officer

  4. British another name for signal box

    • the enclosed part of a light aircraft in which the pilot and passengers sit

    • the part of an airliner in which the passengers are carried

    • the section of an aircraft used for cargo

  1. to confine in a small space

Origin of cabin

C14: from Old French cabane, from Old Provençal cabana, from Late Latin capanna hut

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