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rooming house

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noun
  1. a house with furnished rooms to rent; lodging house.

Origin of rooming house

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for rooming house

Historical Examples

  • But Church Street and the rooming-house and the livery-stable—they had been her very self.

    Clark's Field

    Robert Herrick

  • My sister keeps a rooming-house up on Eighth Avenue, she said finally.

    Out of the Air

    Inez Haynes Irwin

  • He had been going to report to Webber when he had run into that golden field in the rooming-house hallway.

    The Dark Door

    Alan Edward Nourse

  • That rooming-house parlor seemed to moan dismally as it received him.

    Seven Keys to Baldpate

    Earl Derr Biggers

  • Later she was dressing to go out, when the back door of the rooming-house opened and the man from Kentucky bulged in the doorway.

    News Writing

    M. Lyle Spencer


British Dictionary definitions for rooming house

rooming house

noun
  1. US and Canadian a house having self-contained furnished rooms or flats for renting
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