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[suh-lair-ee-uh m, soh-] /səˈlɛər i əm, soʊ-/
noun, plural solariums, solaria
[suh-lair-ee-uh, soh-] /səˈlɛər i ə, soʊ-/ (Show IPA)
a glass-enclosed room, porch, or the like, exposed to the sun's rays, as at a seaside hotel or for convalescents in a hospital.
Origin of solarium
1815-25; < Latin sōlārium balcony, terrace, equivalent to sōl the sun + -ārium -ary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for solarium
Contemporary Examples
  • She boasts 125 rooms, a heated indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath, and solarium, as well as a lounge and piano bar.

    Gal With a Suitcase Jolie Hunt January 31, 2010
Historical Examples
  • It was evening in the solarium on top of the General Medical building.

    Captives of the Flame Samuel R. Delany
  • Night was moving above her through the dome of the solarium.

    Captives of the Flame Samuel R. Delany
  • The solarium was the external terraced portico, and this still remains.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • Above all, in a literal and also commendatory sense of the word, was the solarium.

    Roman Women

    Alfred Brittain
  • Since he slept under the sky, his sleeping-room was also a solarium.

    She Buildeth Her House Will Comfort
  • But Polly and Clive were in the solarium together all the time!

    Murder at Bridge

    Anne Austin
  • Clive Hammond and his new wife were again together in the solarium.

    Murder at Bridge

    Anne Austin
  • Cicero having to mention a water-clock is obliged to call it a water sundial (solarium ex aqu).

    English Past and Present Richard Chevenix Trench
  • One end and most of the front of the solarium had been covered before an exclamation from the Doctor halted the work.

British Dictionary definitions for solarium


noun (pl) -lariums, -laria (-ˈlɛərɪə)
a room built largely of glass to afford exposure to the sun
a bed equipped with ultraviolet lights used for acquiring an artificial suntan
an establishment offering such facilities
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: a terrace, from sōl sun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for solarium

1891, "part of a house arranged to receive the sun's rays," earlier "sundial" (1842), from Latin solarium "sundial," also "a flat housetop," literally "that which is exposed to the sun," from sol "sun" (see sol).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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