A cubicle is a small space partitioned off within a larger space for a particular purpose — usually reading or studying. Or just surfing the Internet.

Cubicle comes from the Latin term for a monk's bedroom, cubiculum, which itself is from the word cubare, "to lie down." Back then a monk would probably share it with an illuminated manuscript and a Bible; nowadays the average worker drone has a computer and a bunch of Post-it notes. Still great for sleeping in, though, as long as you don't get caught.

Definitions of cubicle
  1. noun
    small area set off by walls for special use
    synonyms: booth, kiosk, stall
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    a booth where a priest sits to hear confessions
    polling booth
    a temporary booth in a polling place which people enter to cast their votes
    prompt box, prompter's box
    a booth projecting above the floor in the front of a stage where the prompter sits; opens toward the performers on stage
    shower bath, shower stall
    booth for washing yourself, usually in a bathroom
    call box, phone booth, telephone booth, telephone box, telephone kiosk
    booth for using a telephone
    tolbooth, tollbooth, tollhouse
    a booth at a tollgate where the toll collector collects tolls
    voting booth
    a booth in which a person can cast a private vote
    type of:
    a small private room for study or prayer
  2. noun
    small individual study area in a library
    synonyms: carrel, carrell, stall
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    alcove, bay
    a small recess opening off a larger room
  3. noun
    small room in which a monk or nun lives
    synonyms: cell
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    an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling
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