head·​room | \ˈhed-ˌrüm, -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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Inside, an electric pop-top roof made from lightweight honeycomb construction boasts a breathable tent that expands interior headroom. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Burly truck camper is expedition ready," 6 Aug. 2018 Chrysler’s designers came up with a relatively low-slung van that still had lots of space, headroom and legroom. Michael Laris, The Seattle Times, "Are minivans the future face of self-driving cars?," 9 Oct. 2018 The low roofline with the third row over the rear axle and its motor components means there is absolutely no headroom. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is a smooth three-row marvel," 12 June 2017 For instance, that headroom comes in at 40.7 inches for front-seaters and 38.5 inches for riders in the 60/40 back seats. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Nissan Kicks: Easy-to-drive CUV offers higher-end features for under $20,000," 30 June 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 Sundry items such as cup holders, USB outlets, headroom, hooks and storage cutouts abound. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "BMW’s modest X3 crossover should be one of its brightest stars," 9 June 2018 While the second row furnishes good headroom, the third row, thanks to the sloping roof, won’t let those over 6 feet sit up straight without coming in contact with the headliner. Al Haas, Philly.com, "Subaru offers roomy new Ascent to compete with three-row crossovers," 24 May 2018 Unlike other marquee auto shows, showgoers can open doors, check back-seat headroom and cargo room viability and most importantly get behind the wheel with a test drive or 10. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Interactive consumer experience to drive 2018 Chicago Auto Show," 6 Feb. 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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