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[kyoo-bi-kuh l]
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  1. a small space or compartment partitioned off.
  2. carrel(def 1).
  3. a bedroom, especially one of a number of small ones in a divided dormitory, as in English public schools.
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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
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  • The white curtain walls of the cubicle contracted, closed in on her.

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


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

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


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

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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