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cloakroom

[klohk-room, -roo m]
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noun
  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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  • "This way, lady," says I, and when she pikes right by and heads for the cloakroom I almost has a fit.

    Torchy

    Sewell Ford

  • She must have left them down in the cloakroom after morning walk.

    Judy of York Hill

    Ethel Hume Patterson Bennett

  • The hall of the chancellory had been transformed into a cloakroom and there the crowd was thickest.

    A Royal Prisoner

    Pierre Souvestre

  • He has got such a lot of meddles he has to leave most of them in the cloakroom.

  • I only remember like in a dream my getting to the cloakroom.

    Hungry Hearts

    Anzia Yezierska


British Dictionary definitions for cloakroom

cloakroom

noun
  1. a room in which hats, coats, luggage, etc, may be temporarily deposited
  2. British a euphemistic word for lavatory
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