Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small, roughly built house; a cottage.
  • n. Nautical A room in a ship used as living quarters by an officer or passenger.
  • n. Nautical An enclosed compartment in a boat that serves as a shelter or as living quarters.
  • n. The enclosed space in an aircraft or spacecraft for the crew, passengers, or cargo.
  • transitive v. To confine or live in or as if in a small space or area.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. A chalet or lodge, especially one that can hold large groups of people.
  • n. A compartment on land, usually comprised of logs.
  • n. A private room on a ship.
  • n. The interior of a boat, enclosed to create a small room, particularly for sleeping.
  • n. The passenger area of an airplane.
  • n. a signal box

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cottage or small house; a hut.
  • n. A small room; an inclosed place.
  • n. A room in ship for officers or passengers.
  • intransitive v. To live in, or as in, a cabin; to lodge.
  • transitive v. To confine in, or as in, a cabin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To confine as in a cabin.
  • To live in a cabin; lodge.
  • n. A hut; a cottage; a small house or habitation, especially one that is poorly constructed.
  • n. A small room; an inclosed place.
  • n. An apartment in a ship for officers or passengers.
  • n. Same as cabinet, 4.
  • n. In mining, a small room partitioued off inside the mine for the use of the mine officials.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small house built of wood; usually in a wooded area
  • v. confine to a small space, such as a cabin
  • n. small room on a ship or boat where people sleep
  • n. the enclosed compartment of an aircraft or spacecraft where passengers are carried

Etymologies

Middle English caban, from Old French cabane, from Old Provençal cabana, from Late Latin capanna.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Frm Middle English caban, cabane, from Old French cabane, from Medieval Latin capanna ("a cabin"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Our California mountain cabin is near the village stables and, to this day, the only time Ninotchka springs into action is at the sight of a horse, any horse.

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  • Just outside this cabin is a man probably dying from starvation.

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  • Topped by a broad shingled asphalt roof and constructed from recovered timbers, the cabin is anchored by a Rumford fireplace that makes use of local stone.

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  • Derived largely from the design that will be standard on Boeing's forthcoming 787 Dreamliner, the new 737 Sky Interior features new multicolored LED lighting, larger overhead bins, increased headroom in the aisles and window tweaks that add additional natural light and the perception that the cabin is actually wider than existing models.

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  • And quick as a wink she hustled them into the little house which they called a cabin, and gave Marmaduke a pair of blue overalls and a little blue jumper which belonged to one of the thirteen children.

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  • The cabin is also further midship than it feels, with the relatively large 22-gallon tank sitting between the seats and the rear axle.

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  • The big doors were opened, making the dining-room and the main cabin into one large room.

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  • The tiny room was shared between Van Horn and Borckman, while the main cabin was occupied by the three-score and odd return boys.

    CHAPTER IV

  • The companionway into the main cabin was a steep ladder, and down this, after his meal, Jerry was carried by the captain.

    CHAPTER IV

  • In the main cabin she has installed a sewing-machine.

    CHAPTER XX

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