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 Although the break room is air-conditioned, McAllister said the workspace has no temperature controls. Niko Kommenda, Washington Post, 11 July 2024 Hamlin decided to spend six hours setting up Airspeed’s break room himself. Shane Connuck, Charlotte Observer, 2 July 2024 The labs are paired with office suites, flexible meeting spaces, advanced kinds of break rooms, and modern outdoor areas. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 7 June 2024 The company is trying to go for a socially conscious rebrand — thus the investment in Henry Muck’s green-energy firm — so there’s new art in the meeting rooms and a pointedly visible HR packet about diversity, equity, and inclusion lying in a break room. Jackson McHenry, Vulture, 5 June 2024 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

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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 18 Jul. 2024.

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