board·​room | \ ˈbȯrd-ˌrüm How to pronounce boardroom (audio) , -ˌru̇m \

Definition of boardroom

: a room that is designated for meetings of a board

Examples of boardroom in a Sentence

The directors are meeting in the boardroom.
Recent Examples on the Web Dark Waters, by contrast, has a gray, washed-out color palette and is mostly set in boardrooms and offices, where its rumpled hero, Bilott (played by Mark Ruffalo), tries to get to the bottom of DuPont’s business practices. David Sims, The Atlantic, "A Chilling True Story of Corporate Indifference," 22 Nov. 2019 Arriving at Paris’s Gare du Nord this morning to attend the Vogue Fashion Festival, Beckham delivered a take on power dressing that was both on-trend and ready for the boardroom. Vogue, "For Victoria Beckham, Casual Fridays Just Aren’t a Thing," 15 Nov. 2019 From the boardroom to the racetracks, Orlandi had his work cut out for him. Cathy Whitlock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Designing the Contrasting Worlds of 'Ford v. Ferrari'," 15 Nov. 2019 When the same thing happened in March this year, alarm bells rang across corporate boardrooms and political campaigns. The Economist, "America’s yield curve is no longer inverted," 14 Nov. 2019 Choose from three boardrooms to host a private event. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Restaurant party spaces for that coming holiday soiree and beyond," 14 Nov. 2019 Study after study indicate that companies with women in boardrooms and executive roles are more profitable., "The company is the lone “zero-zero” on the Boston Club’s annual census of women at senior levels of the 100 biggest public firms in Massachusetts.," 7 Nov. 2019 Toward the back of the sixth-floor boardroom of the New York Stock Exchange—past the fake skylight and the real Fabergé urn—there’s a black, walnut-size blob on display. Tyler Foggatt, The New Yorker, "How to Make a Diamond Disappear," 28 Oct. 2019 Directors John Kirkland and David Williams have recently departed the club, meaning Morris is looking to fill out Derby's boardroom - or sanction a full sale if his valuation of the Rams is met in full., "Derby Owner Mel Morris Raises Asking Price for Club After Rejecting £50m Bid," 13 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of boardroom

1732, in the meaning defined above

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“Boardroom.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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Financial Definition of boardroom

What It Is

A boardroom is a place in which a board of directors meets.

How It Works

A board of directors is a team of people elected by a corporation's shareholders to represent the shareholders' interests and ensure that the company's management acts on their behalf. The head of the board of directors is the chairman or chairperson of the board.

Directors attend board meetings, usually quarterly, in order to evaluate management performance, tend to major decisions (such as making acquisitions or selling the company), declare dividends, create stock-option policies (including approving grants to key managers) and establish executive compensation packages. These board meetings are held in the boardroom.

Why It Matters

Often, boardrooms are little more than conference rooms with big, long tables (to seat all the board members). However, they are sometimes the most important place to be when a company is deciding its future, struggling for it survival or plotting revenge against competitors. Board meetings are often confidential in nature, which means that only certain people are permitted in the boardroom during meetings.

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English Language Learners Definition of boardroom

: a room where the group of people who manage or direct a company or organization have meetings

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