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 formsun·cab·ined, adjective

Synonyms for cabin

1. cot, shanty, shack, cottage. 6. quarters, compartment.
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cabin

noun

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
British 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

verb

to confine in a small space

Word Origin for cabin

C14: from Old French cabane, from Old Provençal cabana, from Late Latin capanna hut
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Word Origin and History for cabin
n.

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.

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