flat·​mate | \ ˈflat-ˌmāt How to pronounce flatmate (audio) \

Definition of flatmate

chiefly British
: one of two or more persons sharing the same flat

Examples of flatmate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her flatmate, Maria, or Masha, used to groan when Pomorina stopped the car to pick up yet another dog. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, "In Moscow, a woman devotes her life to saving dogs," 20 Aug. 2020 The former Labour leader Ed Miliband has returned to pioneer a Green New Deal, and Blair’s former flatmate Charles Falconer will give legal advice. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Healing the Rift With Britain’s Jews," 9 Apr. 2020 Jewish sports fans who listen to hip-hop are the Platonic ideal of a flatmate. The Economist, "Would you live with a Trump supporter?," 19 July 2019 Subjects in the study were then presented with two fictitious flatmates and asked to rate each on a scale of one to seven based on the same set of demographic and personal characteristics. The Economist, "Would you live with a Trump supporter?," 19 July 2019 The other six chosen for the post included Diana's friend Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones; neighbors Lord Vestey and Celia Vestey; Charles's friend Gerald Ward; Diana's former flatmate Carolyn Bartholomew; and painter Bryan Organ. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why Kate Middleton and Prince William Are Likely Not Archie's Godparents," 6 July 2019 Boyd met Quant casually through her flatmate Mary, a model who was working at the designer’s buzzing Bazaar boutique on King’s Road in Chelsea. Vogue, "1960s It Girl Pattie Boyd Talks Mary Quant," 5 Apr. 2019 As these videos told it, the thunder god just took it easy and tried to live a normal life, including living in a small Australian apartment with a somewhat twitchy flatmate. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Good news, Thor’s roommate survived Avengers: Infinity War," 14 Aug. 2018 He’d been battered to death with a hammer — which was also buried — by his flatmate, the mural painter. Longreads, "Viv Albertine on Dating Again in Her 50s," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of flatmate

1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Flatmate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flatmate. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flatmate

chiefly British : a person who shares a flat (sense 6) with someone

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