Definition of Portakabin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɔːtəkabɪn/

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British trademark
A portable building, used as a temporary office, classroom, etc.
Example sentences
  • The only public building left is a part-time post office in a Portakabin parked in a stand of sprawling oak and magnolia trees by the roadside.
  • Those early years, based in a small office in a Portakabin on the Murrayfield back pitches, were difficult ones for Hadden, to say the least.
  • This disconnection from the main building led to feelings of isolation, particularly for children in the special needs unit, who were housed in the Portakabins.


1960s: from porta- and an alteration of cabin.

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