escape room

noun

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

Word History

First Known Use

2012, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Escape room.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/escape%20room. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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