escape room


plural escape rooms
: a game in which participants confined to a room or other enclosed setting (such as a prison cell) are given a set amount of time to find a way to escape (as by discovering hidden clues and solving a series of riddles or puzzles)
Escape rooms are a game where a group of friends or co-workers get locked into a space to play some puzzles, so they can all win the reward of leaving the room slightly early.Nick Douglas
One of the most interesting fusions of digital culture with an older form—in this case, theater—is the escape room, which locks people behind a closed door and asks them to find a way out.Chris Suellentrop
also : a place or business where this game is played
This is The Lock Boxx, a new mobile escape room based out of San Luis Obispo County. Customers are "locked" inside the trailer until they can solve the appropriate puzzles and break free. Jarod Urrutia

Examples of escape room in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Escape The Kitchen — Amateur chefs are trapped in an escape room kitchen and must solve cryptic puzzles to unlock each step of the recipe. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 Scott also documented the special day in a sweet Instagram Reel on April 29 in which the pair are seen posing in the escape room, snapping a selfie at the antique store and sharing a meal together. Natalia Senanayake, Peoplemag, 6 May 2024 Eubanks is seen hoisting another prop from the escape room and Mitchell poses for the group photo with a fake sword. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 20 Mar. 2024 For the past five years Los Angeles’ Hatch Escapes has been rethinking the escape room ground rules. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2024 Thames & Kosmos Exit: The Game Buy on Amazon $15 Buy on Walmart $15 Transform your living room into an escape room with this party game for preteens. Deanna McCormack, Parents, 19 Mar. 2024 It is well documented that team building improves employee engagement and morale, but many of us cringe when our companies announce a team escape room or virtual Jeopardy. Leila Saad, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Her first witness was the awkwardly sweet escape room designer, Aniq (Sam Richardson), who told his story in the style of a romantic comedy. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 29 Dec. 2023 An escape room session, for example, can get your team members to collaborate and figure out how to solve a problem under a time constraint. Stephanie Dillon, Rolling Stone, 11 Dec. 2023

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'escape room.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

2012, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of escape room was in 2012

Dictionary Entries Near escape room

Cite this Entry

“Escape room.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

escape room

: a game in which players confined to a room attempt to escape by discovering hidden clues and solving puzzles or riddles
Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!