[gahrd-room, -roo m]


a room used by military guards during the period they are on duty.
a room in which military prisoners are kept.

Origin of guardroom

First recorded in 1755–65; guard + room Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for guardroom

Historical Examples of guardroom

  • I passed the night in the guardroom, chilled and wet, and now and then light-headed.

    The Making Of A Novelist

    David Christie Murray

  • Any time now, the major could be coming around to check the guardroom.

    The Best Made Plans

    Everett B. Cole

  • "Remove all the prisoners, for the present, to the guardroom," said the lieutenant.

  • When we got to the guardroom the sergeant said it was a serious job, and he must send her to prison.


    Prosper Merimee

  • We passed through the doorway at the end of the salon—and there was my guardroom!

British Dictionary definitions for guardroom



a room used by guards
a room in which prisoners are confined under guard
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