flat·​mate ˈflat-ˌmāt How to pronounce flatmate (audio)
chiefly British
: one of two or more persons sharing the same flat

Examples of flatmate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Adrift in a confusing world and armed with nothing but a bit of hope and her flatmates, Jen begins her journey to find her maybe-superpower. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 23 Aug. 2023 Filming mostly took place in James’ own backyard of London, and her co-lead, Shazad Latif, happened to be a longtime friend and former flatmate. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 May 2023 The British student was brutally killed in her own apartment in Perugia, Italy, at the age of 21, and the authorities went after Kercher’s flatmate, Amanda Knox, and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, almost immediately, despite some conflicting evidence. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 25 Feb. 2021 The new book begins with the bizarre murder of an ambitious young trainee doctor, Sasha Johnson, who was attacked while walking through Russell Square on her way to meet her flatmate. Dallas News, 2 Feb. 2023 Aside from Matafeo and Patel, Emma Sidi plays Kate, Jessie’s flatmate and best friend. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 13 June 2022 His life spirals out when his flatmate moves out, leaving his collection of plants, his dog, a cardigan and a ghost. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 9 Feb. 2022 The case has drawn comparison with the 2007 arrest in Perugia, Italy, of American student Amanda Knox, who was accused of murdering her flatmate, convicted after a controversial investigation, then acquitted following a series of trials in 2016. Tom Kington, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2021 Her flatmate, Maria, or Masha, used to groan when Pomorina stopped the car to pick up yet another dog. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flatmate was in 1955

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“Flatmate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flatmate. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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