head·​room | \ ˈhed-ˌrüm How to pronounce headroom (audio) , -ˌru̇m\

Definition of headroom

: vertical space in which to stand, sit, or move

Examples of headroom in a Sentence

He's looking for a car with a lot of headroom.

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Budget watchdogs warn that the winner of the 2020 presidential election won't have much budget headroom to work with, constraining their ability to launch new programs and fulfill campaign promises. Charles Riley, CNN, "WeWork chooses the Nasdaq for its IPO," 13 Sep. 2019 But headroom of 37 inches, with the sunroof, could be limiting for some. Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Audi A7 Sportback: a continental grand tourer," 26 July 2019 With a standard panoramic sunroof, there are nearly 42 inches of front headroom and 40.4 inches in back with almost 43 inches of regal legroom. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV: a royal rite of passage," 2 Aug. 2019 At present there is some £27bn ($34bn, or 1.2% of GDP) of fiscal headroom, which would have allowed Mr Hammond to give the economy a one-off boost in the event of a slowdown. The Economist, "Britain’s Tories used to relish fiscal discipline. No longer," 27 July 2019 The Maxfield 4 has all the basics of a good group-backpacking tent: a roomy 44 inches of peak headroom, 53 square inches of floor space, and an 18-square-inch vestibule. Will Egensteiner, Outside Online, "Our Favorite Camping Gear at Summer Outdoor Retailer," 19 June 2019 The interior is comfortable, and normal-sized adults in the back seat won't have any reason to hold a grudge, even with the panoramic moonroof reducing the amount of headroom available. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Good drive, good value: The Jeep Compass Latitude reviewed," 29 Nov. 2018 The driver area is smartly designed as an intuitive command center with a tall 40 inches of front headroom. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play," 13 July 2018 And there is so much headroom to improve things in government right now. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Matt Cutts of the U.S. Digital Service on Recode Decode," 12 July 2018

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1762, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of headroom

: the space between the top of your head and a ceiling or roof when you are standing or sitting

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