synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of cabin in English

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From Middle English caban, cabane, from Old French cabane, from Medieval Latin capanna (a cabin); see further etymology there. Doublet of cabana.


  • IPA(key): /ˈkæbɪn/
  • Rhymes: -æbɪn


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.
    • 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 private room on a ship.
  4. The interior of a boat, enclosed to create a small room, particularly for sleeping.
  5. The passenger area of an airplane.
  6. (travel, aviation) The section of a passenger plane having the same class of service.
  7. (rail transport, informal) A signal box.
  8. A small room; an enclosed place.
  9. (India) A private office; particularly of a doctor, businessman, lawyer, or other professional.


  • cell
  • chamber
  • hut
  • pod
  • shack
  • shed


  • hall
  • palace
  • villa

Derived terms

  • cabin boy
  • cabin cruiser
  • log cabin
  • signal cabin


  • French: cabine (see there for further descendants)
  • Japanese: キャビン (kyabin)
  • Korean: 캐빈 (kaebin)



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

  1. (transitive) To place in a cabin or other small space.
  2. (by extension) To limit the scope of.
    • 2019, Sonia Sotomayor, dissenting, Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, page 16, note 11:
      There was a time when this Court’s precedents may have portended the kind of First Amendment liability for purely private property owners that the majority spends so much time rejecting. [] But the Court soon stanched that trend. See Lloyd Corp. v. Tanner, 407 U. S. 551, 561–567 (1972) (cabining Marsh and refusing to extend Logan Valley); Hudgens v. NLRB, 424 U. S. 507, 518 (1976) (making clear that “the rationale of Logan Valley did not survive” Lloyd).
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To live in, or as if in, a cabin; to lodge.

See also

  • cabana

Further reading

  • cabin in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • cabin in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • cabin at OneLook Dictionary Search



  • IPA(key): /ca.bin/


cabin f pl

  1. plural of cabéna

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