Meaning of COCKPIT in English

COCKPIT

■ noun

1》 a compartment for the pilot and crew in an aircraft or spacecraft.

↘the driver's compartment in a racing car.

2》 a place where cockfights are held.

↘a place of conflict.

Origin

C16: from cock 1 + pit 1 ; sense 1 derives from a C18 naut. use denoting an area in the aft lower deck of a ship where the wounded were taken, later coming to mean 'the ‘pit’ or well from which a yacht was steered'.

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