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[room-meyt, roo m-] /ˈrumˌmeɪt, ˈrʊm-/
a person who is assigned to share or shares a room or apartment with another or others.
Origin of roommate
An Americanism dating back to 1780-90; room + mate1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He popped to a brace, but it was only his roommate Ferguson.

    The Adventurer Cyril M. Kornbluth
  • Her roommate did everything she could to make Mary as miserable as possible.

  • By the glare of the flame, Dan saw that it was his roommate, Chevrial.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • In the darkness her roommate could not see them and be led to ask questions.

    'Smiles' Eliot H. Robinson
  • I did not expect you would accept me for a roommate, after what had happened, but you did.

    Frank Merriwell's Bravery Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for roommate


/ˈruːmˌmeɪt; ˈrʊm-/
a person with whom one shares a room or lodging
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for roommate

also room-mate, 1789, American English, from room (n.) + mate (n.). Short form roomie is from 1918.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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