cloak·​room ˈklōk-ˌrüm How to pronounce cloakroom (audio)
: a room in which outdoor clothing may be placed during one's stay
: an anteroom of a legislative chamber where members may relax and confer with colleagues
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
Recent Examples on the Web The teen, Islam Khalilov, works as a cloakroom attendant at the Crocus City Hall, where the shooting took place. Anders Hagstrom, Fox News, 24 Mar. 2024 Cardin made his first comments to reporters just off the Senate cloakroom after evening votes, just two days after terminating Aidan Maese-Czeropski’s employment as a legislative aide over the now-viral video. Emily Jacobs, Washington Examiner, 18 Dec. 2023 However, it has been circumvented numerous times by lawmakers who arrive at the Capitol to vote from the airport or the gym by voting from the edge of the Senate floor, with one foot still in the cloakroom. Samantha-Jo Roth, Washington Examiner, 18 Sep. 2023 In the cloakroom, a white-coated dentist operated two blue nitrous tanks, handing out balloons emblazoned with the High Times logo. Sean Howe, Rolling Stone, 26 Aug. 2023 Senate Armed Services Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) sat down with Tuberville in the Senate cloakroom on Monday, his first extended conversation with the senator since the holds began. David Sivak, Washington Examiner, 13 July 2023 Some seem to be ducking into the cloakroom. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, 3 Jan. 2023 The next day, Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Blue Dog Democrat, invited Khanna along with a handful of other House members to make the short trek across the Capitol and meet with Manchin in the Senate cloakroom. Manu Raju, CNN, 12 Nov. 2021 Gomez seems to be collecting the same positive reinforcement for changing Hodge’s diaper in the House cloakroom that Hodge will one day collect for using a big-boy spoon to smear mushed peas on his face for the first time. Phillip MacIak, New York Times, 22 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of cloakroom was in 1823

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“Cloakroom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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