[ kok-pit ]
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  1. a space, usually enclosed, in the forward fuselage of an airplane containing the flying controls, instrument panel, and seats for the pilot and copilot or flight crew.

  2. a sunken, open area, generally in the after part of a small vessel, as a yacht, providing space for the pilot, part or all of the crew, or guests.

  1. the space, including the seat and instrumentation, surrounding the driver of an automobile.

  2. a pit or enclosed place for cockfights.

  3. a place where a contest is fought or which has been the scene of many contests or battles.

  4. (formerly) a space below the water line in a warship, occupied by the quarters of the junior officers and used as a dressing station for those wounded in action.

Origin of cockpit

First recorded in 1580–90; cock1 + pit1

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How to use cockpit in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cockpit


/ (ˈkɒkˌpɪt) /

  1. the compartment in a small aircraft in which the pilot, crew, and sometimes the passengers sit: Compare flight deck (def. 1)

  2. the driver's compartment in a racing car

  1. nautical

    • an enclosed or recessed area towards the stern of a small vessel from which it is steered

    • (formerly) an apartment in a warship used as quarters for junior officers and as a first-aid station during combat

  2. the site of numerous battles or campaigns

  3. an enclosure used for cockfights

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