Meaning of COCKPIT in English
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.
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'.
Concise Oxford English vocab. Сжатый оксфордский словарь английского языка. 2004