break room

noun

variants or less commonly breakroom
ˈbrāk-ˌrüm How to pronounce break room (audio)
-ˌru̇m
plural break rooms also breakrooms
: a room in a workplace where an employee can go for a short period of rest or refreshment
At lunchtime I ordered pizza for the staff and we all ate together, somewhat stiffly, in the break room.Heidi Julavits
Bumping into each other in the breakroom or chatting in the elevator sometimes leads to unexpected collaboration and creative solutions.Elizabeth Baskin

Examples of break room in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The plants have television monitors in break rooms and cafeterias that run pro-company and anti-union messaging. Stephen J. Silvia, The Conversation, 21 May 2024 During my casual conversation with a co-worker in the break room, another colleague entered, seemingly in a hurry. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, 25 Apr. 2024 On Monday, October 15, 2001, an executive assistant arrived for work at the Houston office of Arthur Andersen, at the time one of the Big Five accounting firms, to find that the break room was a mess. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 17 Apr. 2024 Place in an area where employees are allowed to have their phones, like the building entrance or the break room. Elizabeth Baskin, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 Some of his colleagues also came to realize — over break room conversations with colleagues in customer service — the potential harms of the program. Emma Goldberg, New York Times, 10 Feb. 2024 To make the building a nice place to work, it was designed to have natural light, large windows, break areas like outdoor patios and decks, and a break room for staff with comfortable furniture. Corina Vanek, The Arizona Republic, 6 Mar. 2024 Many of the benefits from in-person work come from the informal conversations–in the hallway, the break room, or the cafeteria. Denis McDonough, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2024 Ideas For Working Sustainability Into Your Business Plan Making your business more sustainable doesn’t stop at putting recycling bins in the employee break room. Zeus Kerravala, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of break room was in 1956

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“Break room.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/break%20room. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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