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cloakroom

[klohk-room, -roo m] /ˈkloʊkˌrum, -ˌrʊm/
noun
1.
a room in which outer garments, hats, umbrellas, etc., may be left temporarily, as in a club, restaurant, etc.; checkroom.
2.
a room adjacent to a legislative chamber or legislative room, where legislators may leave their coats, relax, or engage in informal conversation.
3.
British.
  1. a bathroom; a public rest room.
  2. a baggage room, as at a railway station, where packages and luggage may be left temporarily or checked through to one's destination.
Origin of cloakroom
1850-1855
First recorded in 1850-55; cloak + room
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  • In the cloak-room the latter watched her friend curiously as she arranged her wrap.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • This is not a cloak-room but the lounge of a fashionable London hotel.

  • His wife had just issued from the cloak-room and was drawing on her gloves.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He turned into the cloak-room, and Jill went up the stairs to join Derek.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • Every one surrounded me in the cloak-room, laughing, and teasing me about what I had said.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • He waited a moment and then moved on with the crowd, to get his coat from the cloak-room.

  • "The costume is one of which His Majesty does not approve," I was informed in the cloak-room.

    The Gray Nun Nataly Von Eschstruth
  • Have you looked in the cloak-room to see if any of her outdoor things are missing?

    About Peggy Saville Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
  • They were shown first into a cloak-room, and then into a tea-room, and then mounted the stairs.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • But to return to the man whom we found waiting for his head in the cloak-room.

    Utopia of Usurers and other Essays Gilbert Keith Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for cloak-room

cloakroom

/ˈkləʊkˌruːm; -ˌrʊm/
noun
1.
a room in which hats, coats, luggage, etc, may be temporarily deposited
2.
(Brit) a euphemistic word for lavatory
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Word Origin and History for cloak-room
n.

also cloakroom, 1852, from cloak (n.) + room (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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