cloak·room | \ˈklōk-ˌrüm, -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

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

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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 Photographer: Giulia Marchi/Bloomberg Cloakroom Jackets and coats hang in a cloakroom. Iain Marlow,, "China's Biggest Political Gathering Could Let Xi Rule for a Lifetime," 5 Mar. 2018 As a precaution, museums started instructing female visitors to leave their muffs, bags and parcels in cloakrooms, according to an NPG press release. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "See the Portrait Slashed by a Butcher’s Cleaver During Height of Women’s Suffrage Movement," 2 Feb. 2018 Pages assist with low-level tasks such as bringing water, delivering documents and helping out in the cloakroom. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "Roy Moore would be a ‘threat to the safety’ of teenage pages at the Capitol, congresswoman says," 11 Dec. 2017 Details of the cloakroom spilled into the public domain this year through an Ohio court case involving concerts at the 2016 Republican Convention. Bob Fernandez,, "Comcast secretly kicked in $200K for lawmakers' room at 2016 Republican Convention," 18 Oct. 2017 Patrick McHenry, currently the chief deputy whip, recalls how, on his first day in Congress in 2005, Boehner walked into the cloakroom and spotted him eating an ice cream sandwich. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Former House Speaker John Boehner’s Nastiest Comments About Fellow Republicans," 30 Oct. 2017 Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, certainly has more friends in the GOP cloakroom than Trump. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Trump’s Estrangement From the GOP One Republican at a Time," 11 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of cloakroom

circa 1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of cloakroom

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


cloak·room | \ˈklōk-ˌrüm, -ˌru̇m\

Kids Definition of cloakroom

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

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