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



BrE BrE//keɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//keɪv//
Types of home
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a large hole in the side of a hill or under the ground the mouth (= the entrance) of the cave The area contains vast underground cave systems. a cave-dweller (= a person who lives in a cave) We took shelter in a dark cave. a collapsed limestone cave See related entries: Types of home Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from Latin cava, from cavus ‘hollow’ (compare with cavern). The usage cave in may be from the synonymous dialect expression calve in, influenced by obsolete cave ‘excavate, hollow out’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cave