board·​room | \ˈbȯrd-ˌrüm, -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.

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Activists are launching campaigns at a record pace as the rise in passive investing pressures fund managers to find new ways to beat the market and letting the rabble-rousing investors into boardrooms becomes less taboo. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "Activist Investors Turn Up Heat in Drive for Returns," 12 July 2018 And now data shows that women are making their way into more and more boardrooms across the U.S. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Women Are Being Added to Boards at a Record Pace—But the Most Powerful Seats Are Still Reserved for Men," 21 June 2018 The Government Accountability Office in 2016 estimated that women would reach parity in the boardroom within 40 years. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Women are running for office in record numbers. In corporate America, they’re losing ground.," 8 June 2018 For years, Holmes fooled men who walked into Theranos’s boardroom with accomplishments that most people would be in awe of. Yashar Ali, Daily Intelligencer, "The Reporter Who Took Down a Unicorn," 24 May 2018 Phil Mickelson, wearing a button-down, long-sleeve dress shirt, dunked shots on the 16th and 17th and looked like a CEO who got beat up in the boardroom during his round of 79. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler disappoint in Players Championship," 10 May 2018 The teachers have been sleeping in the Kenya National Union of Teachers boardroom for nearly two months and spend their days camped out at the offices of their employer, the Teachers Service Commission. Washington Post, "Teachers flee, schools close in Kenya with al-Shabab attacks," 5 May 2018 The former defender's primary role within the boardroom shakeup will be player recruitment, and according to SPORT, the securing of Antoine Griezmann is high on the Frenchman's agenda., "Eric Abidal Earmarks Two Priority Targets Following Barcelona Boardroom Appointment," 8 June 2018 In a boardroom gambit that Garces’ side said was perfectly legal, the chef divided his ownership stake into three corporate pieces — and thus was able to outvote his two partners, 3-2, to approve filing for bankruptcy. Michael Klein,, "Chef Jose Garces faces a crucial court date," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of boardroom

1732, in the meaning defined above

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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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