Meaning of CABIN in English


I. ˈkabə̇n noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English cabane, from Middle French, from Old Provençal cabana, from Medieval Latin capanna

1. obsolete

a. : a prison or convent cell

b. : an individual study cubicle


a. : a small room on a ship providing private accommodations for one or a few persons — see cabin class

b. : a compartment below deck for passengers or crew on a small boat

c. : a closed airplane compartment for cargo, crew, or passengers

3. obsolete : a temporary shelter (as one made of boughs or a soldier's tent) or a structure of stakes with withes woven between them and a roof of thatch

4. : a small one-story low-roofed dwelling usually of plain construction: as

a. : a 4-sided dwelling of logs built as a home by early settlers of No. America or by mountain folk

b. : a similar structure serving as the home of the family of a servant or plantation hand in the South

c. : a dwelling used during a vacation especially for hunting and fishing

d. : a small typically one-room house suitable for overnight lodging for tourists ; also : a unit in a block of apartments belonging to a motel

10 cabins in each building


a. : an interlocking or block station on a railroad

b. chiefly Britain : cab III 3a

c. Britain : cab III 3b(1)

d. Britain : cab III 3b(2)

e. : a passenger cage of an aerial tram

f. : a glassed-in shelter on top of a lookout tower

g. : the part of a passenger trailer used for living quarters

6. obsolete

a. : cot , litter

b. : bench

7. obsolete : a cabinet advisory to a sovereign

8. : a shelved container

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

intransitive verb

: to live or lodge in a cabin or within narrow confines

transitive verb

: to lodge or confine in a cabin or within a narrow space or limits

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