[ gahrd-room, -room ]

  1. a room used by military guards during the period they are on duty.

  2. a room in which military prisoners are kept.

Origin of guardroom

First recorded in 1755–65; guard + room

Words Nearby guardroom Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use guardroom in a sentence

  • No servant of the chateau was allowed past the door of the outer anteroom, now commonly spoken of as the guardroom of the tower.

    St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
  • I was lounging around the guardroom one day when the Sergeant asked me to take some papers to the Orderly Sergeant upstairs.

    Into the Jaws of Death | Jack O'Brien
  • The corporal marched his troopers from the guardroom toward the stables.

    The Mad King | Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • In the guardroom the troopers of the Royal Horse who were not on guard were stretched in slumber.

    The Mad King | Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The guardroom was vacant; but there were arms there and ammunition.

    The Mad King | Edgar Rice Burroughs

British Dictionary definitions for guardroom


/ (ˈɡɑːdˌruːm, -ˌrʊm) /

  1. a room used by guards

  2. a room in which prisoners are confined under guard

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