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., "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 These were carefully laid on top of a blanket in the back room of the cleaners, next to a table where Alice ate. Ew Staff,, "Read chapters 4 and 5 of Kathy Wang's new spy thriller Impostor Syndrome," 4 May 2021 This is a place where punk bands play in the back room on Friday nights, drag queens fill the patio on Saturdays and people who have had one too many drinks spill their guts during heartbreak karaoke on Sundays. Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, "For a year, El Rio was quiet. Last weekend the Mission District bar reopened with music and hope," 7 Apr. 2021 The governor was in the back room, talking to a young woman who had a dove tattoo. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, "Andrew Cuomo, the Creepy Tyrant of Albany," 31 Mar. 2021 The two original Greek masks sit on styrofoam beds in the back room by a coffee vending machine. Jason Horowitz, Town & Country, "Inside Caligula's Pleasure Palace, History's Original Hype House," 22 Mar. 2021 Zierath is planning live music at Magoo’s and, once the pandemic is under control, private events in the back room. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Steve's on Bluemound will be Magoo's on the Mound with a new owner in spring," 4 Mar. 2021 Typically, Fluffy, Monnie and Vox stay in the shop’s back room. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "The shop cats of Cleveland: 15 local businesses with feline friends," 1 Mar. 2021 With the right gear, that back room can finally take front stage, regardless of where your router is. Popular Science, "Best WiFi booster: Always have internet no matter where you are," 23 Feb. 2021 Still, plenty of work remained: The piers of a back room were sinking, and last month’s storm wrecked parts of his plumbing. New York Times, "The ‘Old American Dream,’ a Trap as the Floods Keep Coming," 23 Mar. 2021

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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 13 May. 2021.

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