back·​room | \ ˈbak-ˈrüm How to pronounce backroom (audio) , -ˈru̇m \
variants: or back-room

Definition of backroom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: made or operating in an inconspicuous way : behind-the-scenes backroom deals a backroom politician

back room


Definition of back room (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a room situated in the rear
2 : the meeting place of a directing group that exercises its authority in an inconspicuous and indirect way

Examples of backroom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Pascal Planque, Mike Stowell and new first team coach Adam Sadler complete the new-look Foxes backroom staff for the upcoming season., 1 July 2018 After five months of backroom horse-trading and all-night arm twisting, Angela Merkel faces one last obstacle to achieving a stable government in her fourth term as German chancellor. Griff Witte, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brands was one of many members of the sporting side of the club—including managers, coaches and technical staff—to leave in recent times amid what has been a haphazard, ineffective and expensive approach to recruiting players and back room staff. James Nalton, Forbes, 2 July 2022 This painting foreshadows the landscapes of Ireland in the venue’s back room. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 Cloak & Petal restaurant owner Cesar Vallin has opened Shibuya Nights, a new cocktail lounge and dining concept in an unused back room of the Little Italy sushi restaurant. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 June 2022 The chairs are set up in a horseshoe in a narrow pink-walled back room. Hanna Krueger,, 14 June 2022 The air is stagnant in a small back room of the shelter. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 June 2022 Madden added her cans to those Barry had stacked in a back room, and discussed a mom who was scheduled to pick up supplies that evening. cleveland, 20 May 2022 Clerks were instructed to go into a back room and were locked inside. Carol Robinson |, al, 3 May 2022 Throughout its short life, however, the Stanley Rose Book Shop became nothing less than a Southern California cultural center, not least because of its back room. David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of backroom


1911, in the meaning defined above


1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Backroom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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