[ room, room ]
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  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.

  1. the persons present in a room: The whole room laughed.

  2. space or extent of space occupied by or available for something: The desk takes up too much room.

  3. opportunity or scope for something: room for improvement; room for doubt.

  4. status or a station in life considered as a place: He fought for room at the top.

  5. capacity: Her brain had no room for trivia.

  6. Mining. a working area cut between pillars.

verb (used without object)
  1. to occupy a room or rooms; lodge.

Origin of room

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

Other words for room

Other words from room

  • un·der·room, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use room in a sentence

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

  • It was close upon twelve o'clock, and the "Rooms" had been open to the public for two hours.

  • He had got his ticket of admission to the Casino, after arriving yesterday evening; but the Rooms had not pleased him then.

  • One wonders why even some of the common British Ferns are not more generally cultivated in rooms.

    How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
  • In most club card-rooms smoking is not permitted, but at the Pandemonium it is the fashion to smoke everywhere.

British Dictionary definitions for room


/ (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

  1. (functioning as singular or plural) the people present in a room: the whole room was laughing

  2. (foll by for) opportunity or scope: room for manoeuvre

  3. (plural) a part of a house, hotel, etc, that is rented out as separate accommodation; lodgings: she got rooms in town

  4. a euphemistic word for lavatory (def. 1)

  1. (intr) mainly US to occupy or share a room or lodging: where does he room?

Origin of room

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

Derived forms of room

  • roomer, noun

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

Other Idioms and Phrases with room


In addition to the idiom beginning with room

  • room and board

also see:

  • not enough room to swing a cat
  • take up space (room)

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