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

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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

The 36-year-old immediately signaled for customers and co-workers to follow him to the back room of the store. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "A Walmart employee and a customer helped 140 people escape from the El Paso shooting," 5 Aug. 2019 The way Ray Celestin tells it in DEAD MAN’S BLUES (Pegasus Crime, $25.95), everyone in the city was corrupt, from the mayor, Big Bill Thompson, to the 25,000 soda shop owners who ran speakeasies in their back rooms. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "A Gumbo of Crime: From the Bayou to Britain," 4 Jan. 2018 What started in the back room of Jasper’s mother’s house has grown to 500 employees serving more than 100,000 customers in California. Sophia Kunthara,, "Most internet service providers are gone. Sonic has survived — and thrived," 26 July 2019 Hebrew Free Loan of Metropolitan Detroit had its start in 1895 in the back room of a shoemaker’s store in Detroit, according to the nonprofit group’s website. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Woman charged with making ethnic threats to black workers at Jewish loan office," 2 July 2019 Head past a wall of handmade ceramic vases and men’s fragrances to a small back room to find shelves of fashion mags and vintage books for sale. Chris Lamorte,, "Where’s all the stuff? Step inside Notre, the West Loop shop that’s reinventing how you shop for menswear," 1 July 2019 Every Wednesday in the spring, in a small back room on the first floor, a group meets for lunch, toting trays from the cafeteria or goodies from home. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "When Your Spouse Is a Politician, What Happens to You?," 27 June 2019 Sheppard made his way into a small back room that served as a kitchen, closet, and office of the Member of Parliament for Edinburgh East. Rebecca Nathanson, Harper's magazine, "English Referendums and Scotch Voters," 19 June 2019 Brown then tried to leave the club through through a back door but the door led only to a small back room that was locked from the outside. Erin Mccarthy,, "Police on the hunt for two gunmen after murder at West Chester club," 12 Apr. 2018

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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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