Definition of cavern in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkavərn/


1A cave, or a chamber in a cave, typically a large one.
Example sentences
  • The cavern is a natural cave carved into the rock by the sea, and widened into an underground canal by human hands.
  • Our group spent a whirlwind two days diving the islands and experienced the full gamut of the caverns, caves and reefs that make up the Poor Knights experience.
  • Dominated by the spectacular natural arch called the Azure Window, its caves and caverns are among the most scenic dives I have encountered.
large cave, grotto, underground chamber/gallery, vault
1.1Used in similes and comparisons to refer to a vast, dark space: the dark cavern of the main performance hall rouses me from the cavern of sleep
More example sentences
  • In some deep, dark cavern of his mind, Austin knew he had lost something too.
  • It's like you're finally emerging from the deep, dark cavern of your own mind.
  • Whatever it was, she soared easily back into the wide chamber, up the steps, and out into the vast cavern where the city should have been and wasn't.


Late Middle English: from Old French caverne or from Latin caverna, from cavus 'hollow'. Compare with cave1.

Words that rhyme with cavern

Avon, Cavan, raven, tavern

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Syllabification: cav·ern

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