common room


Definition of common room

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

Examples of common room in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Roxanne Roberts Like any 21-year-old, Hill, who’s prelaw and a rising senior at Howard University, has been watching the drama play out on YouTube rather than her dorm’s common room TV. Jada Yuan, Washington Post, 13 July 2022 Neal showed them to a set of cabinets in the common room, which could become a pet pantry — a place where residents can stock up on food, litter, collars and more. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 6 July 2022 The department alleges two fellow inmates attacked Hector Jimenez with a handmade weapon about 7:20 p.m. in a common room. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 June 2022 Located near Cleveland’s Metroparks system, Realeflow’s offices are outfitted with a Wii and big-screen TV in the common room and a new team lounge with a bar, pool table, and couches. Nick Davidson, Outside Online, 1 Oct. 2014 All day, every day, in the common room of the hostel or at the guesthouse, Kremer was convening Zoom meetings with her co-founders, staff, and clients, trying to figure out how to keep the company going. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 20 Mar. 2022 The center will provide the latest information on ways to protect the Earth’s natural resources and include a common room for the public to share ideas, ask questions and find information. Sheryl Devore,, 13 Apr. 2022 The pandemic robbed her of the sweet mornings spent in the common room, every classroom together singing and getting ready for the day. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 7 Apr. 2022 People come and go all day, ducking into a warren of cubicles or, more often, meeting acquaintances in the big, sunny common room just off the main hallway. Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of common room

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Jul 2022

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“Common room.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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