[ klohk-room, -room ]
See synonyms for cloakroom on
  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.

  1. British.

    • a bathroom; a public restroom.

    • 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

Words Nearby cloakroom Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cloakroom in a sentence

  • Stoneman pushed his way among the mob which surrounded the badgered Puritan as he attempted to retreat into the cloakroom.

    The Clansman | Thomas Dixon
  • Miss Henderson took her hand, and entered a room 346 adjoining the cloakroom.

    A Very Naughty Girl | L. T. Meade
  • Then one day in the cloakroom he said, "Your great-grandmother—"

British Dictionary definitions for cloakroom


/ (ˈkləʊkˌruːm, -ˌrʊm) /

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

  2. British a euphemistic word for lavatory

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