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
b : checkroom
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 Workers happened upon the fresco while installing a new ticket office and cloakroom in the museum’s west wing. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Renaissance-Era Florentine Frescoes Spent Centuries Hidden in Plain Sight," 27 Apr. 2021 At the time of Trump’s speech, Cheney was in the House cloakroom awaiting the ritual state-by-state tabulation of electoral votes. New York Times, "Liz Cheney vs. MAGA," 22 Apr. 2021 During his term, President Roosevelt also had a cloakroom transformed into a movie theater— an addition that has remained popular with First Families to this day. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "The Craziest White House Amenities Added by First Families," 21 Jan. 2021 To call Donald Trump’s recent actions a gauche interpretation of party etiquette isn’t the whole story, though 77 million votes against you is certainly a unanimous hint to hit the cloakroom queue. Raven Smith, Vogue, "On Overstaying Your Welcome," 12 Nov. 2020 Throughout his campaign, Mr. Biden faced persistent doubts about his political acuity and the relevance, in the year 2020, of a set of union-hall-meets-cloakroom political instincts developed mainly in the previous century. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "How Joe Biden Won the Presidency," 7 Nov. 2020 The White House Family Theatre is a small wonder, converted in 1942 from an East Wing cloakroom, known as the Hat Box, by a pair of movie nuts called Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Matthew Sweet, The Economist, "All the presidents’ films Movie night at the White House: a century of screenings, decoded," 20 Oct. 2020 The cloakroom at the museum is temporarily unavailable, temperature checks will be mandated at the door and visitors cannot enter with bags larger than about 13 inches (35 centimeters). Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Why You Won’t Be Able to Retrace Your Steps at This Paris Museum When It Opens," 16 June 2020 Senators have to bring their own milk to the cloakroom, the aide added. Daniel Flatley,, "For Thirsty Senators in Impeachment Trial, It’s Milk, Water or Nothing," 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of cloakroom

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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9 May 2021

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“Cloakroom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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