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common room

a room or lounge for informal use by all.
Origin of common room
First recorded in 1660-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There was absolutely no common room in the house except the hall-kitchen.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Some slept in the stable and outhouses, some in the common room, some two or three in beds.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • They mounted the three steps and entered the common room of the inn.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • In the common room the first man his eyes lighted on was your son.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • The paupers were collected in the common room appropriated to their use.

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • "Give it to me," cried Gaston, rushing into the common room.

    The Regent's Daughter Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • There are no toilet-rooms for the teachers, and there is no common room.

    The New Education Scott Nearing
  • He set the body in it, and went into the common room with the lamp.

  • And so I sat quietly in the common room until the landlord came.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • Mistress and maid alike must keep their clothes in this common room.

    Glimpses of Three Coasts Helen Hunt Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for common room

common room

(mainly Brit) a sitting room in schools, colleges, etc, for the relaxation of students or staff
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