- noun a housing for animals consisting of a wood or metal frame with sides made of bars or mesh, used, e.g., for keeping battery hens
- noun the part of a broking firm where the paperwork involved in buying and selling shares is processed
- noun a section of a bank where a teller works, surrounded by glass windows
- The box or enclosed platform of an elevator or lift.
- An enclosure for electrical lights or signals.
- Any rigid open box or enclosure.
- noun a wire-mesh structure used to enclose the area from which the discus and hammer are thrown
- noun a screen behind home plate that stops thrown or fouled balls
- noun the goal
Origin & History of “cage”
English acquired cage via Old French cage from Latin cavea, which meant ‘enclosure for animals, such as a coop, hive, or stall’, and also ‘dungeon’. This is usually referred to Latin cavus ‘hollow’, from which English gets cave and cavern, although not all etymologists agree with this derivation. A vulgar Latin derivative of cavea, *caveola, was the ancestor of English gaol, and cavea has also been postulated as the ultimate source of cabinet.