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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
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  • 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 30, 2010
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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
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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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