Definition of claustrophobia noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌklɔːstrəˈfəʊbiə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌklɔːstrəˈfoʊbiə//
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an extreme fear of being in a small confined place; the unpleasant feeling that a person gets in a situation which restricts them to suffer from claustrophobia She felt she had to escape from the claustrophobia of family life. I hate lifts—they give me claustrophobia. compare agoraphobia Word Originlate 19th cent.: modern Latin, from Latin claustrum ‘lock, bolt’ + -phobia (see phobia).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: claustrophobia