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.
Recent Examples on the Web The interior was quiet, with good headroom, an accommodating bin in the center console and easy to use controls. Dallas News, "Nissan Rogue’s 2021 version throws down a challenge to rivals RAV4 and CR-V," 10 Oct. 2020 Speaking of livability, the Gran Coupe lacks rear headroom. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "$50,000 Sports Sedans Compared: 2020 BMW M235i Gran Coupe vs. 2020 Cadillac CT4-V vs. 2020 Mercedes-AMG A35," 8 Oct. 2020 The interior was quiet, with good headroom, an accommodating bin in the center console and easy to use controls. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Nissan Rogue’s new features, performance, value ready to pressure RAV4 and CR-V," 5 Oct. 2020 Cons are few but include a lack of rear-seat headroom for taller passengers. Rex Tokeshi-torres, chicagotribune.com, "Edmunds highlights small cars under $25,000," 1 Oct. 2020 Many money managers worry government bonds, traditionally owned as a buffer, won’t have much headroom to rise if stocks take another tumble. Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Gold’s Record High Gives New Life to Dollar Doomsayers," 29 Sep. 2020 But the ultimate indulgence is the Sentra’s unexpectedly room cabin that provides good head and legroom up front, and surprisingly good leg and foot space in the rear, although headroom is compromised somewhat by the car’s styling. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Cheap frills make the 2020 Nissan Sentra a little luxury ride (review)," 26 Sep. 2020 Maybe that's because existing software, even without Quest 2-specific hooks, benefits from a massively faster SoC's extra headroom. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Review: We do not recommend the $299 Oculus Quest 2 as your next VR system," 16 Sep. 2020 My testing suite includes an 850W PSU, which, at this rate, is enough headroom for another one to two years of erring on the brighter side of 4K performance. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nvidia RTX 3080 review: 4K greatness at $699—and good news for cheaper GPUs," 16 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of headroom

1762, in the meaning defined above

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24 Oct 2020

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“Headroom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headroom. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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