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[klohk-room, -roo m]
  1. a room in which outer garments, hats, umbrellas, etc., may be left temporarily, as in a club, restaurant, etc.; checkroom.
  2. a room adjacent to a legislative chamber or legislative room, where legislators may leave their coats, relax, or engage in informal conversation.
  3. British.
    1. a bathroom; a public rest room.
    2. a baggage room, as at a railway station, where packages and luggage may be left temporarily or checked through to one's destination.
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Origin of cloakroom

First recorded in 1850–55; cloak + room
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Examples from the Web for cloak-room

Historical Examples of cloak-room

  • In the cloak-room the latter watched her friend curiously as she arranged her wrap.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • This is not a cloak-room but the lounge of a fashionable London hotel.

  • His wife had just issued from the cloak-room and was drawing on her gloves.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • He turned into the cloak-room, and Jill went up the stairs to join Derek.

    Jill the Reckless

    P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse

  • Every one surrounded me in the cloak-room, laughing, and teasing me about what I had said.

    Cricket at the Seashore

    Elizabeth Westyn Timlow

British Dictionary definitions for cloak-room


  1. a room in which hats, coats, luggage, etc, may be temporarily deposited
  2. British a euphemistic word for lavatory
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Word Origin and History for cloak-room


also cloakroom, 1852, from cloak (n.) + room (n.).

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