[room-meyt, roo m-]


a person who is assigned to share or shares a room or apartment with another or others.

Origin of roommate

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90; room + mate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for roommate

mate, friend, bedfellow, roomie, flatmate, bunkmate

Examples from the Web for roommate

Contemporary Examples of roommate

Historical Examples of roommate

  • He popped to a brace, but it was only his roommate Ferguson.

    The Adventurer

    Cyril M. Kornbluth

  • Her roommate did everything she could to make Mary as miserable as possible.

  • By the glare of the flame, Dan saw that it was his roommate, Chevrial.

    The Destroyer

    Burton Egbert Stevenson

  • In the darkness her roommate could not see them and be led to ask questions.


    Eliot H. Robinson

  • I did not expect you would accept me for a roommate, after what had happened, but you did.

British Dictionary definitions for roommate



a person with whom one shares a room or lodging
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for roommate

also room-mate, 1789, American English, from room (n.) + mate (n.). Short form roomie is from 1918.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper