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cabin

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English caban, cabane, from Old French cabane, from Medieval Latin capanna (a cabin).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

cabin (plural cabins)

  1. (US) A small dwelling characteristic of the frontier, especially when built from logs with simple tools and not constructed by professional builders, but by those who meant to live in it.
    Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin.
    • 1994, Michael Grumley, "Life Drawing" in Violet Quill
      And that was how long we stayed in the cabin, pressed together, pulling the future out of each other, sweating and groaning and making sure each of us remembered.
  2. (informal) A chalet or lodge, especially one that can hold large groups of people.
  3. A compartment on land, usually comprised of logs.
  4. A private room on a ship.
    the captain's cabin
    Passengers shall remain in their cabins.
    • 1915, George A. Birmingham, Gossamer, ch.1:
      There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy. Mail bags, so I understand, are being put on board. Stewards, carrying cabin trunks, swarm in the corridors. Passengers wander restlessly about or hurry, with futile energy, from place to place.
  5. The interior of a boat, enclosed to create a small room, particularly for sleeping.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 10, The Celebrity:
      Mr. Cooke had had a sloop yacht built at Far Harbor, the completion of which had been delayed, and which was but just delivered. […] The Maria had a cabin, which was finished in hard wood and yellow plush, and accommodations for keeping things cold.
  6. The passenger area of an airplane.
  7. (travel, aviation) The section of a passenger plane having the same class of service.
  8. (rail transport, informal) A signal box.
  9. A small room; an enclosed place.
    • Edmund Spenser (c.1552–1599)
      So long in secret cabin there he held her captive.

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VerbEdit

cabin (third-person singular simple present cabins, present participle cabining, simple past and past participle cabined)

  1. To place in a cabin.
  2. (obsolete) To live in, or as if in, a cabin; to lodge.
    • Shakespeare
      I'll make you [] cabin in a cave.

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