[kyoo-bi-kuh l]


a small space or compartment partitioned off.
a bedroom, especially one of a number of small ones in a divided dormitory, as in English public schools.

Origin of cubicle

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin cubiculum bedroom, equivalent to cub(āre) to lie down + -i- -i- + -culum -cle2
Can be confusedcubical cubicle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for cubicle

room, nook, cell, chamber, stall, booth, desk, pigeonhole, office, cubbyhole

Examples from the Web for cubicle

Contemporary Examples of cubicle

Historical Examples of cubicle

  • The white curtain walls of the cubicle contracted, closed in on her.

  • Then I got to my feet and wearily opened the door of my cubicle.


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Bill Dickson strolled over from the direction of his own cubicle.


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • When John Storm awoke in his cubicle next morning he saw his way clearer.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • You traversed these like a convict, speaking to no one, and entered your own cubicle.


    Edna Ferber

British Dictionary definitions for cubicle



a partially or totally enclosed section of a room, as in a dormitory
an indoor construction designed to house individual cattle while allowing them free access to silage

Word Origin for cubicle

C15: from Latin cubiculum, from cubāre to lie down, lie asleep
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Word Origin and History for cubicle

mid-15c., "bedroom," from Latin cubiculum "bedroom," from cubare "to lie down," originally "bend oneself," from PIE root *keu(b)- "to bend, turn." With Latin -clom, suffix denoting place. Obsolete from 16c. but revived 19c. for "dormitory sleeping compartment," sense of "any partitioned space" (such as a library carrel or, later, office work station) is first recorded 1926.

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