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

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In the weeks before the holidays, the attraction is transformed to include Christmas trees lining the Great Hall, and a festive-looking Gryffindor common room. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Things to Do in London At Christmas Time," 9 Aug. 2018 In the common rooms, the walls are finished in Venetian plaster. Jack Flemming,, "Mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer pulls in $11.5 million for Brentwood estate," 16 June 2018 Its open layout lends itself to socializing, and a common room in the lobby, outfitted with a few tables and a coffee machine, brings guests together in the mornings for breakfast and in the evenings to chat. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "For Puerto Rican Storm Evacuees, Another Moving Day Looms," 30 June 2018 Last week, a black Yale graduate student was reported to police for falling asleep in a common room. Janay Moore, Teen Vogue, "Texas Teen Zavion Parker Escaped an Alleged Abductor Who He Says Had an "I Hate Black People" Tattoo," 17 May 2018 There were about 10 girls perched around the small common room, wearing pajamas and slippers and probably zit cream, and settling in for one final outing with the show’s quartet of no-longer-single friends. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Confessions of a Recovering Wannabe Carrie Bradshaw," 5 June 2018 In the common rooms, the walls are finished in Venetian plaster. Neal J. Leitereg,, "Jim Belushi's Brentwood home gets an $8.5-million price chop," 6 June 2018 One of the most common rooms to remodel is your kitchen. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, "10 things you can do to add comfort, style to your home," 5 June 2018 Once found, it was taken back to the commons room of the church, where it was placed in a grate and lit. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "The Rev. E. Albert Rich Jr., former longtime rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, dies," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of common room

circa 1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of common room

: a room that may be used by all members of a group of people in a school, residential community, etc.

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