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

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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., "Leicester City Announce Departure of Assistant Manager in Backroom 'Restructure'," 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, "The 28-year-old in Adidas who could sink a deal to keep Merkel in office," 28 Feb. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jordan had been in the back room with a small party and seen us. David Moore, Dallas News, "Margaritas and soaking rain: ‘The Last Dance’ brings back fond Michael Jordan memories for SportsDay’s David Moore," 16 May 2020 Derrick corralled the children in a back room at knifepoint while the other three suspects robbed and shot Kendall, according to prosecutors. Ashley Remkus |, al, "Man pleads guilty in deadly Huntsville robbery," 4 Dec. 2019 Every month the back room at The Swan became the Royal University of Cusop Dingle, dedicated to topics cruelly ignored by the rest of academia. The Economist, "Obituary: Richard Booth died on August 20th," 29 Aug. 2019 Warhol was attached to spaces whose fascination lay in their powers of exclusion: the back room of Max’s Kansas City; Studio 54; the Limelight. Stephen Metcalf, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Was Andy Warhol a saint or scourge, genius or dolt? A new biography befits a great life," 22 Apr. 2020 The mayor’s behind-the-scenes maneuvering has returned him to a much less glamorous place than the bright lights of the 2020 campaign: the back rooms of Brooklyn politics, with its ethnic rivalries and parochial real estate concerns. J. David Goodman, New York Times, "He Ran for President. Now He’s Politicking for His Wife in Brooklyn.," 3 Mar. 2020 The employee retreated to the back room but reentered the sales floor and discharged his weapon again as the subjects were attempting to flee the business. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "'Very sad for America': Store owner outraged employee held without bail for allegedly shooting at intruders," 2 Apr. 2020 More on Lions: Lions general manager Bob Quinn has been clear about his intentions to add to the running back room this offseason, and the Lions need more from their running game to be a complete offense. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Marvin Jones: Detroit Lions offense can be 'best in the league' in 2018," 3 Feb. 2018 Now Lisa Lurie and her husband, Brian, who run Cancer Be Glammed, a lifestyle company that supports women coping with cancer, are quarantining their daughter in a back room of their Pittsburgh home. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "‘A Week of Snow Days’? Ha! Families Deal With Cabin Fever," 25 Mar. 2020

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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 4 Jun. 2020.

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