Definition of cabin in English:



  • 1A private room or compartment on a ship:

    ‘she lay in her cabin on a steamer’
    • ‘It is possible to enter the cabins and engine room of this wreck, there is even a stove sitting in the galley.’
    • ‘Most of them had stayed up through the night to help the injured and look for survivors, and most were now on board the ship in their cabins, exhausted and asleep.’
    • ‘Although pirates would search the ship's cabins for gold and silver, the main loot consisted of cargo such as grain, molasses, and kegs of rum.’
    • ‘The ‘ship’ is equipped with a bridge, crew's cabins and engine and lower deck compartments to make the training as authentic as possible.’
    • ‘The captain takes us on a guided tour, and the ship's various cabins and state-rooms are laid open to us in cross-section.’
    • ‘You are better off being prosperous and paying tax than going down in the first-class cabins of a sinking ship.’
    • ‘There were endless corridors, with doors leading to private cabins, and the occasional public space, such as a plunge pool.’
    • ‘The 44,200-tonne ship will have 148 cabins, 364 beds and travel at 22 knots.’
    • ‘With the view of the sea from your window, it's rather like being in a cabin on a cruise ship.’
    • ‘The ship has cabins for all the crew, who are mostly Filipino or Syrian, and Pat often spends time on the ship.’
    • ‘Profits from the sale of the ship's cabins go to his foundation.’
    • ‘Flights from either Edinburgh or Glasgow to New York on October 29 are included, and you get a balcony cabin on board the ship.’
    • ‘They were each found in separate cabins, or compartments of the ship, for which a function could be determined by association with the artefacts found.’
    • ‘Therefore they rushed to the vessel and hoped to be transported timely, and were willing to be placed outside the cabins or on the ship's deck.’
    • ‘Located where the ship's cabaret used to be, the cabins share a private deck area and hot tub just forward of the stem.’
    • ‘Mid ship cabins are generally more expensive than those at the front or rear of the ship.’
    • ‘In addition to the holds, the forecastle, bridge-island, engine room, and stern cabins offer the diver interesting places to explore.’
    • ‘The large white ship has 435 cabins with a lower berth capacity of 700 passengers and a crew of about the same number.’
    • ‘There is over $5 million worth of original artwork on board the liner where four-out-of-five cabins feature private balconies.’
    • ‘The options are these: If you definitely want to be alone in a single cabin, first look for a ship that has single cabins.’
    cab, compartment
    compartment, passenger area, passenger accommodation
    berth, stateroom, compartment, room, deckhouse, sleeping quarters
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    1. 1.1 The area for passengers in an aircraft:
      ‘animals are not allowed in the cabin of the aircraft’
      • ‘Passengers entered the cabin through a doorway on the left side of the fuselage.’
      • ‘At the time, one could carry one's reed knife inside one's oboe case into the cabin of the aircraft.’
      • ‘Passengers on a Manchester bound flight from America wrestled a man to the floor after he allegedly went on a rampage in the cabin of the aircraft.’
      • ‘Rapid travel in small aircraft cabins, and increased trade and commerce facilitate a lightning worldwide spread.’
      • ‘This might explain why someone working in a nightclub or aircraft cabin could be at a higher risk of catching the disease.’
      • ‘The shuttle jolted again, and an explosion ripped through the rear bulkhead of the passenger cabin.’
      • ‘The European Commission has drawn up a list of items to be banned from aircraft cabins.’
      • ‘In the cabin of an aircraft, as all members know, it is quite confined, and it was not possible to crawl across the seats to get at the guy.’
      • ‘Such attire is all right in its place, but not in the cramped, claustrophobic conditions of an aircraft cabin.’
      • ‘All passengers, regardless of their risk, should move around in their seats and in the aircraft cabin as much as possible during the journey.’
      • ‘Customers can now take a virtual tour of the aircraft cabins, book flights, order special meals and duty-free items and look up jobs in the airline, online.’
      • ‘Present international requirements allow the pressure in the cabins of these aircraft to be reduced to the equivalent of 8000 feet.’
      • ‘Chemical pesticides were routinely sprayed in passenger cabins on flights to the Caribbean, Latin America, and the South Pacific.’
      • ‘As the door closed, he noticed one of the flight attendants watching him as she hurried toward the passenger cabin.’
      • ‘An aircraft cabin can be dehydrating, which can increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis.’
      • ‘Being born is like being tossed out of the luxurious first class cabin of a cruising aircraft.’
      • ‘The heating and ventilating system served the pilots' compartment as well as the passenger cabin.’
      • ‘A definitive list of items now banned from aircraft cabins has been released and passengers are urged to comply with the new requirements.’
      • ‘With the advent of pressurized cabins, the aircraft would be able to fly higher without the requisite oxygen aboard.’
      • ‘Now we've added a new element of potential violence and brutality into the aircraft cabin.’
  • 2A small wooden shelter or house in a wild or remote area:

    ‘the cabin lay three miles into the reserve’
    • ‘People own, co-own or rent small, low-impact wooden cabins dotted all over the countryside.’
    • ‘Written almost entirely on the back porch of a remote cabin, the laid-back organic nature of the record is no surprise.’
    • ‘Could you not get a cheap flight to somewhere beachy, take off your shoes, find a wooden cabin and a man to cook you curry, for a fraction of the cost?’
    • ‘The two-storey cabins have dark wooden interiors with wraparound walkways and a large front veranda.’
    • ‘A group of people discover a book of the dead and unleash gore filled horror upon themselves in a remote cabin.’
    • ‘For exterior coverings of houses, cabins, or other habitable structures, many organizations have used treated plywood.’
    • ‘Several walkways have been developed and cabins provided for shelter along the riverbanks and there is also a large hospitality cabin where lunches are served.’
    • ‘Five friends spend a holiday together in a remote cabin in the woods.’
    • ‘Wingdims will live in houses, huts, cabins, or any other shelter, they have a wonderful relationship with nature and everything around them.’
    • ‘But much of England is densely populated and there could never been enough cabins and huts to house us all; our architectural sprawl needs some containment, a bit of planning.’
    • ‘There is suitably rustic accommodation around here - wooden lodges and cabins with utterly unspoiled views of lake and mountains.’
    • ‘Clustered around it are a choice of ecodwellings, including wooden cabins on stilts, clay huts with thatched roofs, large tepees and round tents sleeping one.’
    • ‘The banished will be flown to a second cabin on another remote island.’
    • ‘My daughter liked to pod them each night at the wooden table in our cabin.’
    • ‘It's ideal for remote vacation cabins with no electricity or areas prone to power outages.’
    • ‘Summer campers are housed in cabins of twenty-five, each constructed to represent a different country - Korea, Japan, Russia.’
    • ‘This cabin had a tree house, so I went up there to read for a bit and take a nap.’
    • ‘These wooden cabins evoke a rustic connection with American history and the beautiful natural environment.’
    • ‘But mostly shelter is house or cabin or tent - a wall between us and the other of the land around us.’
    • ‘With winter approaching, we were happy to be housed in cabins rather than tents.’
    hut, log cabin, shanty, shack, shed
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  • 3Indian A cubicle or individual work space within a larger office.


[WITH OBJECT]often as adjective cabined
  • Confine in a small place:

    figurative ‘the cabined and confined lives of the poor’
    • ‘Now she's an object of pity and scandal in Sydney society, and she spills her feelings and facts to another cabined, cribbed and confined captive, her ex-teacher.’
    • ‘I need the salty sea air in my lungs to flush out the scent of that old man I was cabined with for so long.’
    • ‘The complexity and multivalence of the receiving tradition prevent the information from being somehow, simply, walled off or cabined.’
    • ‘But as that argument is narrow, and more easily cabined to just changes in terms, we expect, if we prevail, that's where the Court will decide it.’
    • ‘They have allowed these anti-Victorians to be cabined in Victorian stereotypes.’


Middle English: from Old French cabane, from Provençal cabana, from late Latin capanna, cavanna.