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[klohk-room, -roo m] /ˈkloʊkˌrum, -ˌrʊm/
a room in which outer garments, hats, umbrellas, etc., may be left temporarily, as in a club, restaurant, etc.; checkroom.
a room adjacent to a legislative chamber or legislative room, where legislators may leave their coats, relax, or engage in informal conversation.
  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
First recorded in 1850-55; cloak + room Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "This way, lady," says I, and when she pikes right by and heads for the cloakroom I almost has a fit.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • She must have left them down in the cloakroom after morning walk.

    Judy of York Hill

    Ethel Hume Patterson Bennett
  • The hall of the chancellory had been transformed into a cloakroom and there the crowd was thickest.

    A Royal Prisoner Pierre Souvestre
  • He has got such a lot of meddles he has to leave most of them in the cloakroom.

  • I only remember like in a dream my getting to the cloakroom.

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
  • From afar one might have thought that he was showing the newcomers the way to the cloakroom.

    Two banks of the Seine Fernand Vandrem
  • But Thrse, with intentional oversight, hurried towards the cloakroom.

    Two banks of the Seine Fernand Vandrem
  • The wit of the head girl produced a storm of laughter in the cloakroom.

  • They hurried from the cloakroom and tore into the hall, to discover the truth for themselves.

    Loyal to the School Angela Brazil
British Dictionary definitions for cloakroom


/ˈkləʊkˌruːm; -ˌrʊm/
a room in which hats, coats, luggage, etc, may be temporarily deposited
(Brit) a euphemistic word for lavatory
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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