[kyoo-bik-yuh-luh m]

noun, plural cu·bic·u·la [kyoo-bik-yuh-luh] /kyuˈbɪk yə lə/. Archaeology.

a burial chamber, as in catacombs.

Origin of cubiculum

1825–35; < Latin: bedroom. See cubicle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cubiculum

Historical Examples of cubiculum

  • There is no doubt that Petronilla was buried in close proximity to this cubiculum.

    Pagan and Christian Rome

    Rodolfo Lanciani

  • Petronius withdrew then to the cubiculum, but did not sleep long.

    Quo Vadis

    Henryk Sienkiewicz

  • When she had said this, she went to the cubiculum and returned soon with the tablet which Aulus had left.

    Quo Vadis

    Henryk Sienkiewicz

  • Then order Narcissus to wait in the cubiculum, and do you come with me.

  • The little butler was accordingly summoned to conduct him to his cubiculum.

    Headlong Hall

    Thomas Love Peacock

British Dictionary definitions for cubiculum


noun plural -la (-lə)

an underground burial chamber in Imperial Rome, such as those found in the catacombs

Word Origin for cubiculum

C19: from Latin: cubicle
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