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cubicle Syllabification: cu·bi·cle
Pronunciation: /ˈkyo͞obək(ə)l/

Definition of cubicle in English:


A small partitioned-off area of a room, for example one containing a bed in a dwelling or one containing a desk in an office: each cubicle is equipped with a PC and printer, and there are two fax machines in the east alcove
More example sentences
  • The bathroom is tiled and contains a shower cubicle with power shower, toilet and wash basin.
  • Even the actual toilet cubicles featured mirroring, and the urinal was simply a spectacle to behold.
  • Sometimes the pool areas and the cubicles were in a disgustingly dirty state.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'bedroom'): from Latin cubiculum, from cubare 'lie down'.

  • A cubicle is now any small partitioned-off area, but at first it was specifically a little place for lying down or a bedroom. The source is Latin cubiculum, from cubare ‘to lie down’, source also of incumbent (Late Middle English). Incubation (early 17th century) is based on the same Latin word, as is concubine (Middle English), originally someone you go to bed with.

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