What does cabin mean?

Definitions for cabin
ˈkæb ɪncab·in

Here are all the possible meanings 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.

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 form of housing created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles for a person, people or family to reside in.

    They built a cabin in their garden for their parents to live in to ensure they get to spend quality time with their grandchildren.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 12, 2020  

  2. 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. 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.

  2. Francesco Starace:

    While we are visiting these homes, the same people that will shut the power off and take the old meter out ... can also put in fibre optic cables into the pipe going out to our cabin.

  3. Al Baker:

    By the way, the average age of my cabin crew is only 26 years. So there is no need for you to travel on these crap American carriers, you know you’re always being served by grandmothers on American airlines.

  4. Chloe Fitzpatrick:

    I feel very badly let down by Thomas Cook and find it difficult to comprehend the difference in attitude of the cabin crew on our way to Zakynthos compared to the way I was treated on the return flight home.On our outbound flight the cabin crew were so understanding and could not have done more for me, i hope lessons can be learned from my experience and that they will review their cabin crewtraining.

  5. Mike Ramsey:

    The reason (the camera) is going to sweep across the cabin is not because of distraction ... but because of all the side benefits, i promise you that companies that are trying to monetize data from the connected car are investigating ways to use eye-tracking technology.

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    causing disapproval or protest
    • A. occasional
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