\ 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 Wear it over leggings with a classic white tee for a lounging look, or pair it with dark jeans and flannel for a classic fall look. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "26 amazing deals from Anthropologie's biggest sale of the year," 18 Oct. 2019 Throughout the week, Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the House of Commons, was memed on Twitter after he was caught lounging during a key Brexit debate. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "Think America’s politics are a mess? Here’s what you missed about Brexit in the U.K. this week," 6 Sep. 2019 Farley, a television producer, posted a photo to Instagram on Wednesday lounging poolside while reading a book in Sag Harbor, New York. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Giada De Laurentiis Celebrates Her 49th Birthday with a Family Trip to the Hamptons," 22 Aug. 2019 Looking the part To get the right effect, Shelby brought four outfits, plus two lounging ensembles featuring a robe and peignoir. Kinsey Gidick, Washington Post, "Some travelers are dressing the part when they visit historic locations," 16 Aug. 2019 On Sunday morning Reinhart posted a photo of Sprouse wearing a hat and lounging around with a cigarette. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Lili Reinhart Just Shut Down Breakup Rumors With Her Birthday Poem for Cole Sprouse," 4 Aug. 2019 While his brother and sister were seen lounging and enjoying some snacks, he was spotted wriggling over the back seat of the vehicle and standing in the trunk. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George Was a Riot at the Royal Polo Match and We Nearly Missed It," 11 July 2019 Summers often bring a wave of childhood memories: lounging poolside, trips to the local amusement park, languid, steamy days at the beach. Victoria W. Wolcott, The Conversation, "The forgotten history of segregated swimming pools and amusement parks," 9 July 2019 After Gigi summons electricity, we’re transported to a rooftop, the camera panning to the brand’s famous nylon backpack—now eco-friendly!—before cutting back to a montage of models lounging inside. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Stars in Prada's Fall Winter 2019 Campaign Video," 9 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Waterworks park is complemented by Carnival’s signature SportSquare area as well as a new adults-only Serenity area outfitted with elegant padded lounge chairs, a full bar, and even a hot tub away from the kids. Douglas Mackinnon, orlandosentinel.com, "Having sailed both versions, cruiser reviews old Carnival Triumph vs. new Carnival Sunrise," 29 Oct. 2019 So then the question is, is an airline going to build a big database of photos [to use for lounge access or other things]? Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Innovators: Mobile Passport's Hans Miller Wants to Get Rid of All Airport Lines," 23 Oct. 2019 Each one has spacious patios, cabanas, a private plunge pool, and a 24/7 on-call manager, plus dedicated lounge chairs at the private beach. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Greece Is More Popular Than Ever—But It Can Still Surprise You," 18 Oct. 2019 After the family crowd has headed back to school, fall brings couples and golfers, who wander down the jetty to the lighthouse, dig into lobster bisque in the tavern, and enjoy the golden sunlight on a lounge chair-with-a-view. BostonGlobe.com, "Power to the pumpkin people! Six under-the-radar autumn escapes - The Boston Globe," 10 Oct. 2019 And so this is the DeFeo West — comfy lounge chairs and mid-century coffee tables coupled with bear rugs and ceramic fox lamps. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Can Western art enter the modern era? Yes, and it’s happening here in Denver.," 29 Sep. 2019 Reserve in well in advance, especially for weekends. Do it for less: You’d be forgiven for skipping tourist spots and spending a few hours at the beach or lying in lounge chairs by the pool or in the courtyard of your hotel. Jessica Roy, Los Angeles Times, "A weekend in Santa Barbara is more affordable than you might think," 28 Sep. 2019 For those fans craving the fancy VIP lanyard, VIP Weekend passes cost $285 and include swag bags, VIP lounge access, merch discounts and early autograph access to celebrities. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida Supercon 2019: Five events you can’t miss," 28 June 2019 There, in a grey lounge chair, an undergrad research assistant named Brigitte Durieux was doing her summer job, earphones plugged into a laptop. Michael Erard, Quartz, "How a doctor and a linguist are using AI to better talk to dying patients," 3 Sep. 2019

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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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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of lounge was in 1508

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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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