What does Cabin mean?

Definitions for Cabin
ˈkæb ɪncab·in

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Cabin.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cabinnoun

    small room on a ship or boat where people sleep

  2. cabinnoun

    a small house built of wood; usually in a wooded area

  3. cabinverb

    the enclosed compartment of an aircraft or spacecraft where passengers are carried

  4. cabinverb

    confine to a small space, such as a cabin


  1. cabinnoun

    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.

  2. cabinnoun

    A chalet or lodge, especially one that can hold large groups of people.

  3. cabinnoun

    A compartment on land, usually comprised of logs.

  4. cabinnoun

    A private room on a ship.

  5. cabinnoun

    The interior of a boat, enclosed to create a small room, particularly for sleeping.

  6. cabinnoun

    The passenger area of an airplane.

  7. cabinnoun

    a signal box

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CABINnoun

    Etymology: cabane, Fr. chabin, Welch, a cottage.

    So long in secret cabin there he held
    Her captive to his sensual desire,
    Till that with timely fruit her belly swell’d,
    And bore a boy unto a savage sire. Fairy Queen, b. i. c. vi.

    Give thanks you have lived so long, and make yourself ready, in your cabin, for the mischance of the hour, if it so happen. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    Men may not expect the use of many cabins, and safety at once, in the sea service. Walter Raleigh, Essays.

    The chessboard, we say, is in the same place it was, if it remain in the same part of the cabin, though, perhaps, the ship it is in, sails all the while. John Locke.

    Come from marble bow’rs, many times the gay harbour of anguish,
    Unto a silly cabin, though weak, yet stronger against woes. Philip Sidney, b. i.

    Neither should that odious custom be allowed, of flaying off the green surface of the ground, to cover their cabins, or make up their ditches. Jonathan Swift.

    Some of green boughs their slender cabins frame,
    Some lodged were Tortosa’s streets about. Edward Fairfax, b. i.

  2. To Cabinverb

    To confine in a cabin.

    Fleance is ’scap’d:
    Then comes my fit again; I had else been perfect;
    Whole as the marble, sounded as the rock;
    As broad and gen’ral as the casing air;
    But now I’m cabin’d, cribb’d, confin’d, bound in,
    To saucy doubts and fear. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

  3. To Cabinverb

    To live in a cabin.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I’ll make you feed on berries and on roots,
    And feed on curds and whey, and suck the goat,
    And cabin in a cave. William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus.


  1. cabin

    A cabin is a small, simple structure or shelter, typically constructed from wood and located in a wild or remote area. It is often used for lodging, serving as a place for people to rest, relax, or engage in recreational activities. Cabins can vary in size and features, and may include facilities for sleeping, cooking, and other living activities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cabinnoun

    a cottage or small house; a hut

  2. Cabinnoun

    a small room; an inclosed place

  3. Cabinnoun

    a room in ship for officers or passengers

  4. Cabinverb

    to live in, or as in, a cabin; to lodge

  5. Cabinverb

    to confine in, or as in, a cabin

  6. Etymology: [OF. caban, fr. W. caban booth, cabin, dim. of cab cot, tent; or fr. F. cabane, cabine, LL. cabanna, perh. from the Celtic.]


  1. Cabin

    A cabin or berthing is an enclosed space generally on a ship or an aircraft. A cabin which protrudes above the level of a ship's deck may be referred to as a "deckhouse."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cabin

    kab′in, n. a hut or cottage: a small room, esp. in a ship, for officers or passengers—hence Cab′in-pass′enger, one paying for superior accommodation.—v.t. to shut up in a cabin.—v.i. to dwell in a cabin.—n. Cab′in-boy, a boy who waits on the officers or those who live in the cabin of a ship. [Fr. cabane—Low L. capanna.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cabin

    A room or compartment partitioned off in a ship, where the officers and passengers reside. In a man-of-war, the principal cabin, in which the captain or admiral lives, is the upper after-part of the vessel.

Editors Contribution

  1. cabin

    A specific space on an aircraft.

    The cabin was spacious.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 3, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Cabin' in Nouns Frequency: #2559

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cabin in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cabin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Cabin in a Sentence

  1. Patrick De Haan:

    There is a little more cabin fever this spring, the overwhelming odds are that we will at some point see the national average touch the $ 3 mark.

  2. Shine Lawyers:

    Mr. Taylor asked the cabin crew on numerous occasions if he could sit in another passenger’s seat, or sit on one of the crew seats, or sit in the aisle or even to sit on the toilet seat to alleviate the pain and discomfort that he was suffering from.

  3. President Donald Trump:

    They have got cabin fever, they want to get back. Their life was taken away from them.

  4. Carolyn Spencer Brown:

    Every time I stay in a hotel, even fabulous hotels, I’m reminded of the value that cruises represent. Certainly, the more inclusive nature of a cruise, in which entertainment, kids clubs, twice-daily cabin service, three square meals and then some, are part of the fare you pay, as is transportation from port to port.

  5. George Hobica:

    People use lavs not assigned to them on domestic airlines every time I fly, so I can only imagine something else was going on. Occasionally flight attendants ask nicely to return to the economy cabin but if someone pulls a Kristen Wiig a la Bridesmaids, then all bets are off, as we are constantly reminded, federal law requires us to obey crew instructions International airlines are much more strict about restricting business and first class lav access.

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