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[ room, room ]


  1. a portion of space within a building or other structure, separated by walls or partitions from other parts:

    a dining room.

  2. rooms, lodgings or quarters, as in a house or building.
  3. the persons present in a room:

    The whole room laughed.

  4. space or extent of space occupied by or available for something:

    The desk takes up too much room.

  5. opportunity or scope for something:

    room for improvement; room for doubt.

    Synonyms: allowance, margin, provision

  6. status or a station in life considered as a place:

    He fought for room at the top.

  7. capacity:

    Her brain had no room for trivia.

  8. Mining. a working area cut between pillars.

verb (used without object)

  1. to occupy a room or rooms; lodge.


/ ruːm; rʊm /


  1. space or extent, esp unoccupied or unobstructed space for a particular purpose

    is there room to pass?

  2. an area within a building enclosed by a floor, a ceiling, and walls or partitions

    sitting room

    dining room

  3. functioning as singular or plural the people present in a room

    the whole room was laughing

  4. foll by for opportunity or scope

    room for manoeuvre

  5. plural a part of a house, hotel, etc, that is rented out as separate accommodation; lodgings

    she got rooms in town

  6. a euphemistic word for lavatory


  1. intr to occupy or share a room or lodging

    where does he room?

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Derived Forms

  • ˈroomer, noun

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Other Words From

  • under·room noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of room1

First recorded before 900; Middle English roum(e), Old English rūm; cognate with Dutch ruim, German Raum

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Word History and Origins

Origin of room1

Old English rūm ; related to Gothic, Old High German rūm

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Idioms and Phrases

In addition to the idiom beginning with room , also see not enough room to swing a cat ; take up space (room) .

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Example Sentences

Riggs plans to offer guest room dining “as long as demand is there,” says Richmond.

Players and traveling staffers were instructed to avoid public settings other than games and practices, and they were barred from hosting personal guests in their hotel rooms.

You can join speaking events or you can make your own room to chat.

From Vox

Before the pandemic, Teen Line's volunteers would gather in a room at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for each shift.

“Seeing any empty room of vaccinators is really tough,” said Michelle Vassallo, an Inova vice president who is helping lead the hospital system’s vaccination efforts.

Toomey glides around the room like a Brazilian capoeira dancer.

One day he and some of his roommates were cleaning their room and one of the guys threw the dustpan out into the hall.

Marvin and I leave the poolside and go into his dining room.

The resources were what you might expect: Dining room, a media center, a library, a TV room, a meeting room, a computer room.

Barry showed me his room—a one bedroom with a killer view of Riverbank State Park and the Hudson.

The big room at King's Warren Parsonage was already fairly well filled.

In the drawing-room things went on much as they always do in country drawing-rooms in the hot weather.

Kind of a reception-room in there—guess I know a reception-room from a hole in the wall.

His lordship retired shortly to his study, Hetton and Mr. Haggard betook themselves to the billiard-room.

When his lordship retired early, as was his custom, the other men adjourned once more to the billiard-room.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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