cloak·​room | \ ˈklōk-ˌrüm How to pronounce cloakroom (audio) , -ˌru̇m \

Definition of cloakroom

1a : a room in which outdoor clothing may be placed during one's stay
2 : an anteroom of a legislative chamber where members may relax and confer with colleagues
3 British : lavatory sense 2

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Examples of cloakroom in a Sentence

We left our things in the cloakroom. the lady discreetly whispered that she would be ready after a moment in the cloakroom
Recent Examples on the Web At times, the chamber was partly empty as senators took breaks in the adjoining party cloakrooms. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Already winning? Trump lawyers promise weary senators shorter impeachment defense," 25 Jan. 2020 Democrats had gathered just before the votes in a cloakroom where Representative Lucy McBath of Georgia led them in a rare moment of prayer. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Panel Approves Impeachment Articles and Sends Charges for a House Vote," 13 Dec. 2019 Some made quick conversation with their neighbor to the right or left; some disappeared into the cloakroom for minutes at a time. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "2020 Democrats marooned in DC for impeachment deny longing for Iowa," 23 Jan. 2020 His rivals have branded him as a timid and even reactionary figure — a creature of the Senate cloakroom who partnered with former segregationists to pass draconian anti-crime legislation and joined with the business lobby to tighten bankruptcy laws. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Biden Wants to Work With ‘the Other Side.’ This Supreme Court Battle Explains Why.," 7 Sep. 2019 Guests had the option of checking their shoes in a cloakroom before a traipse over the sandy beach (with glasses of champagne in hand) to a makeshift wood-plank runway. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Starry Crowd Gathers in Malibu for Saint Laurent's Mick Jagger-Inspired Men's Show," 7 June 2019 Earlier this year, Koed recalls, Sen. Richard Burr arrived for a vote in summer clothes and had to cast his vote from the Senate cloakroom. Anna North, Vox, "America’s sexist obsession with what women politicians wear, explained," 3 Dec. 2018 President Donald Trump did not give the guns back to Reinking, the NRA didn’t, and the Republicans did not meet in a quiet cloakroom so innocents would be slaughtered. John Kass,, "Hot-Takes on guns after the Waffle House killings," 24 Apr. 2018 There were meetings with staff and the senator in the cloakroom, just off the Senate floor. Phil Mattingly, CNN, "Idaho senator holds up bill over political rivalry with deceased governor," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of cloakroom

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of cloakroom was in 1823

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“Cloakroom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cloakroom

British : a room in a public building that has toilets and sinks


cloak·​room | \ ˈklōk-ˌrüm How to pronounce cloakroom (audio) , -ˌru̇m \

Kids Definition of cloakroom

: a room (as in a school) in which coats and hats may be kept

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