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

n small area set off by walls for special use

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
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a small private room for study or prayer

n small individual study area in a library

carrel, carrell, stall
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alcove, bay
a small recess opening off a larger room

n small room in which a monk or nun lives

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an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling

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