Meaning of cavern in English:

cavern

noun

  • 1A large cave or chamber in a cave.

    • ‘The cavern is a natural cave carved into the rock by the sea, and widened into an underground canal by human hands.’
    • ‘Our group spent a whirlwind two days diving the islands and experienced the full gamut of the caverns, caves and reefs that make up the Poor Knights experience.’
    • ‘Dominated by the spectacular natural arch called the Azure Window, its caves and caverns are among the most scenic dives I have encountered.’
    • ‘While caves and caverns are characteristic features of karst areas, not all karst areas have caves.’
    • ‘One or two small tunnels also exist within the walls, leading perhaps to other caverns or cave complexes, or to nowhere at all.’
    • ‘What drew these artists into sunless caverns and tunnels sometimes less than a metre high has been the subject of vigorous argument.’
    • ‘Further down the cavern is the St. Joseph's Cave, where Joseph had a dream in which an angel warned him to flee to Egypt.’
    • ‘Tunnels and caverns deep below the snowy-white building were the safest place for storing valuables.’
    • ‘We can't wait to go back and see one of the other four caverns, Blue John Cavern but we need to give the legs a rest first!’
    • ‘Today, it is a hollow cavern offering a grim sanctuary for families displaced by their country's unending war.’
    • ‘As you move further into the cave there's a smaller cavern off to the right where you can see graffiti that dates back to the 16th century.’
    • ‘It boasts a cavern and a shaft for certified cave divers, although anyone is permitted to snorkel and free dive the site.’
    • ‘Yesterday these tunnels and caverns had seemed wonderful, but now the walls felt stifling and oppressive.’
    • ‘We are guided on this dive by Morne, a veteran of the lake who seems to have an uncanny knowledge of where all the best caverns and hollows are located.’
    • ‘The far end of the cavern narrowed into another tunnel, and they ran for it.’
    • ‘The challenge was to abseil through a vertical fissure, with lights off, into a large underground cavern.’
    • ‘"Sounds like water, " Thaniel replied as they entered a large cavern.’
    • ‘Through the tunnels we went, until we entered a large cavern.’
    • ‘I feel like I am shouting into a huge empty cavern.’
    • ‘I found myself alone, standing at the entrance to a yawning limestone cavern, dazzled by dawning sunlight.’
    large cave, grotto, hollow, cavity, underground chamber, gallery, tunnel, dugout
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    1. 1.1A large, dark place or space.
      ‘a dark cavern of a shop’
      • ‘The potential of this great sport, you realised, to reach across barriers and to create ties of friendship, even from the darkest caverns of hatred, was unparalleled.’
      • ‘The sky was a dark cavern clustered with a few stars, its surface lit occasionally by a spurt of colour stretching out from a firework just released.’
      • ‘Healy eventually arrived in a dark cavern, lined with boxes.’
      • ‘Peering from the dark cavern created by the overhanging hull was a huge lobster, waving deep blue pincers at us as we filed respectfully past.’
      • ‘For all I knew, God partook of our sins and laughed in secret from the dark caverns of the rubber plantations, exulting shamelessly in his double-facedness.’
      • ‘They were cumbersome, propelled by poles, and their interiors were dark caverns.’

Origin

Late Middle English from Old French caverne or from Latin caverna, from cavus ‘hollow’. Compare with cave.

Pronunciation

cavern

/ˈkav(ə)n/