cubicle

[kyoo-bi-kuhl]
noun
1.
a small space or compartment partitioned off.
2.
carrel ( def 1 ).
3.
a bedroom, especially one of a number of small ones in a divided dormitory, as in English public schools.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin cubiculum bedroom, equivalent to cub(āre) to lie down + -i- -i- + -culum -cle2

cubical, cubicle.
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cubicle (ˈkjuːbɪkəl)
 
n
1.  a partially or totally enclosed section of a room, as in a dormitory
2.  an indoor construction designed to house individual cattle while allowing them free access to silage
 
[C15: from Latin cubiculum, from cubāre to lie down, lie asleep]

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cubicle
late 15c., from L. cubiculum "bedroom," from cubare "to lie down," originally "bend oneself," from PIE base *keu(b)- "to bend, turn." Obsolete from 16c., but revived 19c. for "dormitory sleeping compartment," sense of "any partitioned space" (such as a library carrel) is first recorded 1926.
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Example sentences
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.
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