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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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 There is a bit more headroom (38.5 inches) and about a half-inch more shoulder room (55.9 inches). Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2019 Volkswagen Jetta: 7th generation wide-body reboot," 6 July 2018 That translates to a bit more headroom, knee room, and shoulder room than the previous car but back passengers lose some legroom. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "VW’s revamped 2019 Jetta R-Line delivers bang for the buck," 5 May 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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First Known Use of headroom

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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