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[kyoo-bi-kuh l] /ˈkyu bɪ kəl/
a small space or compartment partitioned off.
carrel (def 1).
a bedroom, especially one of a number of small ones in a divided dormitory, as in English public schools.
Origin of cubicle
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin cubiculum bedroom, equivalent to cub(āre) to lie down + -i- -i- + -culum -cle2
Can be confused
cubical, cubicle. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cubicle
  • Now the office cubicle is the new dorm: same hair, same clothes, even nearly the same hours.
  • One of those places is the corporate office cubicle.
  • Perhaps you've been an office drone for so long that you can't imagine life without fuzzy, low-slung cubicle walls.
  • Now it's sitting in a cubicle hiding from the boss, or sitting at home to pay again for the album you already own.
  • And the damage they do to furniture, lamps, walls and kicking other people cannot be tolerated in cubicle culture.
  • Any luggage bag that cannot fit into the storage cubicle will have no choice but to check it in.
  • The solution seemed obvious: a toilet with a brick cubicle, squatting slab and two pits.
  • The goal was far nobler than finding out what your boss really thinks of you or what is going on in the neighboring cubicle.
  • What would be news is for you to go swimming freely in the sea or a whale sitting in a cubicle responding to website articles.
  • Or to the pasty-faced workaholic, hunched over his computer in a lonely cubicle late at night.
British Dictionary definitions for cubicle


a partially or totally enclosed section of a room, as in a dormitory
an indoor construction designed to house individual cattle while allowing them free access to silage
Word Origin
C15: from Latin cubiculum, from cubāre to lie down, lie asleep
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Word Origin and History for cubicle

mid-15c., "bedroom," from Latin cubiculum "bedroom," from cubare "to lie down," originally "bend oneself," from PIE root *keu(b)- "to bend, turn." With Latin -clom, suffix denoting place. Obsolete from 16c. but revived 19c. for "dormitory sleeping compartment," sense of "any partitioned space" (such as a library carrel or, later, office work station) is first recorded 1926.

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