common room


: a lounge available to all members of a residential community
: a room in a college for faculty use

Examples of common room in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But on a recent school day, as a busload of students arrived for their afternoon classes, the small Northeast Washington campus livened up — music blared from a speaker in the common room and teens chatted excitedly over trail mix. Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2024 There’s a fireplace in the lounge and a library-style common room. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 4 Aug. 2023 But now, in a white-walled common room of Sarah’s apartment complex, her mother began defending the reason that Guy had gone to D.C. Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Sep. 2023 One day in the common room of MIT’s math department, Cohen unexpectedly discovered that Pohoata, who had come to give a talk, and Zakharov, a fellow graduate student at MIT, had also been working on the Heilbronn triangle problem. Leila Sloman, Quanta Magazine, 8 Sep. 2023 For example, eight of 10 federal detention centers have phones in common rooms programmed to call public defenders directly from common rooms. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 21 July 2023 For example, eight of the 10 facilities have direct phone lines pre-programmed from common rooms for detainees to be able to call public defenders. 5 Things Podcast Transcript, USA TODAY, 21 July 2023 One resident, serving time for homicide, returned early from the Division of Juvenile Justice and now tends to an aquarium of exotic fish in the center’s common room. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2023 One of the earliest video clips, dated April 2017, shows a common room in the jail’s gay and trans dorm. Keri Blakinger, Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of common room was in 1667

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“Common room.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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