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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Synonyms for cloakroom


bath, bathroom, bog [British], can, comfort station, convenience [chiefly British], head, john, latrine, lavatory, loo [chiefly British], potty, restroom, toilet, washroom, water closet

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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

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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 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

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First Known Use of cloakroom

circa 1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of cloakroom was circa 1852

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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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