[pool-room, -roo m]


an establishment or room for the playing of pool or billiards.
a place where betting is carried on, especially illegally; a bookmaker's establishment.

Origin of poolroom

First recorded in 1860–65; pool2 + room
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Examples from the Web for poolroom

Historical Examples of poolroom

  • He dressed as a townsman; he frequented the poolroom and Gatty's doggery.

    David Lannarck, Midget

    George S. Harney

  • The grocery in the next block, and the poolroom, bore the same owner's name.

    The Girl From Keller's

    Harold Bindloss

  • I don't mean to brag, but I know the location of every poolroom in the city!

    The Statesmen Snowbound

    Robert Fitzgerald

  • What about Rosie and good looking Bella and her brother she was trying to rescue from the grip of the poolroom?

    Working With the Working Woman

    Cornelia Stratton Parker

  • A poolroom or a policy shop may open now and then, but it will quickly shut again if the police are in earnest.

British Dictionary definitions for poolroom


noun US and Canadian

a hall or establishment where pool, billiards, etc, are played
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