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 Because the experiment was set up in a common room, Mr. Barts and his team had to work on nights and weekends so nobody would accidentally walk through their experiment and skew the results. Marco Quiroz-gutierrez, WSJ, 25 May 2021 During the two weeks of rehearsals, artists would meet only in one common room, where several countries had organized a table tennis contest, in which Italy also performed quite well, Samya Hafsaoui, a Dutch official, said. New York Times, 23 May 2021 In a 2018 incident at Yale University, a white student called the police on a Black graduate student who had fallen asleep in the common room of their dorm. Janice Gassam Asare, Forbes, 16 May 2021 Bingo, music, discussions of current affairs, and other socializing in the common room and on the grounds cease. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2021 Several giant beanbags and old futons lay in a pile in the co-op’s dusty common room. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2021 At Yale University in 2018, a white student called the police on a Black student for sleeping in the common room of their dorm. Janice Gassam Asare, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2021 That reading occurred in a dormitory common room at Reed College on Valentine’s Day in 1956. oregonlive, 12 Jan. 2021 Inside the common room, the advanced cases were watching television under a sign that said Welcome to Happy Hour. Louise Glück, The New York Review of Books, 1 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of common room

circa 1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of common room was circa 1670

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8 Jun 2021

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“Common room.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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