[klohk-room, -roo m]


a room in which outer garments, hats, umbrellas, etc., may be left temporarily, as in a club, restaurant, etc.; checkroom.
a room adjacent to a legislative chamber or legislative room, where legislators may leave their coats, relax, or engage in informal conversation.
  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.

Origin of cloakroom

First recorded in 1850–55; cloak + room Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a room in which hats, coats, luggage, etc, may be temporarily deposited
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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