roommate

[room-meyt, roo m-]

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. roomette,
  2. roomful,
  3. roomie,
  4. rooming house,
  5. rooming-in,
  6. roomy,
  7. rooney,
  8. roorback,
  9. roose,
  10. roosevelt

Origin of roommate

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90; room + mate1

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British Dictionary definitions for roommate

roommate

noun

a person with whom one shares a room or lodging
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Word Origin and History for roommate

roommate

n.

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

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