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[shoh-room, -roo m]
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  1. a room used for the display of goods or merchandise.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to come into a store to view merchandise and then purchase it from a competitor, usually online, as to get a lower price or wider selection: For shoes, I usually showroom at a couple of stores, then buy them cheaper online.
  2. to be used as a place to view rather than buy merchandise: No store wants to showroom for a website.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to display (merchandise) in a showroom.
  2. to enter a store and view (merchandise) before purchasing it from a competitor, usually online.
  3. to use or encourage people to use (a store) as a place to view rather than buy merchandise: The online retailers are showrooming us out of business. We’re being showroomed by consumers who browse our stores without buying.
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Origin of showroom

First recorded in 1610–20; show + room
Related formsshow·room·ing, noun
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Related Words for showroom

shop, market, showroom, emporium, chain, boutique, outlet, mill, store, stand, deli, supermarket, drugstore, room, hall, parlor, gallery, exhibit, salon, museum

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British Dictionary definitions for showroom


  1. a room in which goods, such as cars, are on display
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Word Origin and History for showroom


"room for displaying furniture for sale," 1610s, from show (v.) + room (n.).

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