\ ˈlau̇nj How to pronounce lounge (audio) \
lounged; lounging

Definition of lounge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to act or move idly or lazily : loaf was lounging on the sofa

transitive verb

: to pass (time) idly returned to Rome to lounge away the remainder of his days— J. A. Froude



Definition of lounge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a place for lounging: such as
a : a room in a private home or public building for leisure activities : living room also : lobby
b : a room in a usually public building or vehicle often combining lounging, smoking, and toilet facilities
2 : a long couch

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Synonyms for lounge

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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idle, loaf, lounge, loll, laze mean to spend time doing nothing. idle may be used in reference to persons that move lazily or without purpose. idled the day away loaf suggests either resting or wandering about as though there were nothing to do. she does her work and then loafs the rest of the day lounge, though occasionally used as equal to idle or loaf, typically conveys an additional implication of resting or reclining against a support or of physical comfort and ease in relaxation. he lounged against the wall loll also carries an implication of a posture similar to that of lounge, but places greater stress upon an indolent or relaxed attitude. lolling on the couch laze usually implies the relaxation of a busy person enjoying a vacation or moments of leisure. lazed about between appointments

Examples of lounge in a Sentence

Verb She was lounging on the sofa. He was lounging by the pool all afternoon. Noun The hotel has a television lounge. We gathered in the hotel lounge for a couple of drinks. She sat on the lounge. They had a long, leisurely lounge by the pool.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Enjoy one of the best parts of being on the mountain — whether you’re spending time on the slopes or not — by lounging in the lodge. Nicole Cormier, Dallas News, "A guide to Telluride’s slopes," 12 Feb. 2020 Ali was waiting for me on the far side of security, lounging in an armchair, smiling. The Economist, "Trapped in Iran," 28 Jan. 2020 If lounging around in all of those carbs works up your appetite, fear not: Each reservation comes with $100 in room service credit. Nathalie Kirby, House Beautiful, "Every Carb Lover's Dream Just Came True With This Bread-Themed Hotel Room," 16 Jan. 2020 One of the portraits -- shot by famed photographers Mert & Marcus -- is of Lopez lounging in a jungle-print jumpsuit with matching jacket. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Jennifer Lopez Wears a 2020 Spin On Her Iconic Dress in Versace's New Campaign," 12 Jan. 2020 His quarter million Twitter followers are accustomed to photographs of Biggles, the couple’s extraordinarily large cat, lounging in the library, where Gibson does most of his writing. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, "How William Gibson Keeps His Science Fiction Real," 9 Dec. 2019 Earlier in the day, Jenner and Hadid were spotted lounging in the winter sun in bold bathing suits. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Is a Real Life Barbie in This Hot Pink Minidress," 5 Dec. 2019 Gilles Sabrié for The New York Times Models in tight dresses and high heels lounged in a yellow inflatable pool filled with plush toys and vaping equipment. New York Times, "China’s Vaping Boom Alarms the Government," 22 Nov. 2019 The Duke, on the other hand, is louche and unctuous, the human personification of privilege lounging in a fabulous dressing gown. Hugh Ryan, Town & Country, "Downton Abbey's Thomas Barrow and the Future of the Gay Past," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Those benefits include access to better seats, priority boarding, increased baggage allowances and lounge access. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "What Alaska Airlines’ expanded partnership with American means for flyers," 15 Feb. 2020 In private lounges, the man and woman can just talk, separated by an opaque partition. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "Why did I fall for ‘Love Is Blind’? Because Netflix is really good at making reality TV.," 14 Feb. 2020 The area is still under construction but will have a lounge-like environment and generously sized fitting rooms. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Retail Therapy: Target invests in grocery curbside, spotlight’s on Southlake and Nordstrom takes Trunk Club in-house," 13 Feb. 2020 Inside, the space retains a kind of 1920s organ-lounge glamour — a white grand piano hangs from the ceiling alongside vintage chandeliers, photos of iconic entertainers and other memorabilia from the Doda days. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Getting intimate at the Condor," 13 Feb. 2020 The restaurant’s 100-something seats are spread throughout a dining area with a bar and a variety of seating options including regular table seating, hightops, banquettes and lounge vignettes. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "First look: Terrace 54 Bar + Table in Med Center," 11 Feb. 2020 The lounge — unlike the dining room, where a tasting menu is served — won't require reservations. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fine-dining restaurant Ardent will close for six weeks for remodeling, adding a lounge and bar menu," 11 Feb. 2020 Players will also be able to order a Switch, select software and Nintendo merchandise at the lounges. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Nintendo opens pop-up gameplay lounges at major airports," 11 Feb. 2020 The couple designed both the above outdoor lounge in the courtyard area and a little backyard dining space for themselves and their guests, along with a pool for cooling off during Scottsdale’s blazing-hot summers. Nena Farrell, Sunset Magazine, "An Earthy-Glam Remodel in Arizona Worth Drooling Over," 10 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of lounge


1508, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lounge

Verb and Noun

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The first known use of lounge was in 1508

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18 Feb 2020

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“Lounge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lounge. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lounge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to sit or lie in a relaxed way : to spend time resting or relaxing



English Language Learners Definition of lounge (Entry 2 of 2)

: a comfortable room where people can spend time while they are waiting in an airport or other public place
: a comfortable room for relaxing in a public building (such as a hotel or school)
chiefly US : a long chair or couch


\ ˈlau̇nj How to pronounce lounge (audio) \
lounged; lounging

Kids Definition of lounge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to stand, sit, or lie in a relaxed manner Cluny lounged nonchalantly against the tree.— Brian Jacques, Redwall



Kids Definition of lounge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a comfortable room where someone can relax
2 : a room with comfortable furniture for relaxing

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