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[pool-room, -roo m] /ˈpulˌrum, -ˌrʊm/
an establishment or room for the playing of pool or billiards.
a place where betting is carried on, especially illegally; a bookmaker's establishment.
Origin of poolroom
First recorded in 1860-65; pool2 + room Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for poolroom
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  • He dressed as a townsman; he frequented the poolroom and Gatty's doggery.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • The grocery in the next block, and the poolroom, bore the same owner's name.

    The Girl From Keller's Harold Bindloss
  • I don't mean to brag, but I know the location of every poolroom in the city!

    The Statesmen Snowbound Robert Fitzgerald
  • What about Rosie and good looking Bella and her brother she was trying to rescue from the grip of the poolroom?

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • A poolroom or a policy shop may open now and then, but it will quickly shut again if the police are in earnest.

  • They expect a boom at the settlement, and he'll manage the hotel and store and poolroom for Keller.

    The Girl From Keller's Harold Bindloss
  • Another night—this was months later, though—he was killing time with some associate loafers in a poolroom in El Paso.

    Ladies and Gentlemen

    Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb
  • If Constantin had chanced to be an actor instead of a poolroom czar he would never have been taken in by so simple a trick.

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories Albert Payson Terhune
  • It is generally the companion of the cigarette and the wine glass, and the latter lead to the poolroom and gambling hall.

    Gospel Doctrine Joseph F. Smith
  • And he told his poolroom friend a tale of India and of two plain white stones that lay somewhere within the heart of it.

    Green Valley

    Katharine Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for poolroom


/ˈpuːlˌruːm; -ˌrʊm/
noun (US & Canadian)
a hall or establishment where pool, billiards, etc, are played
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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An illegal bookmaker's establishment: a poolroom from auction-pool betting (1875+ Horse racing & gambling)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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