pool·​side | \ ˈpül-ˌsīd How to pronounce poolside (audio) \

Definition of poolside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the area surrounding a swimming pool

Definition of poolside (Entry 2 of 2)

: at or near the side of a pool

Examples of poolside in a Sentence


We had lunch at the poolside.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Community amenities include a dog park and wash stations; and a resort-style pool with sun shelf, poolside cabanas, grilling stations and TVs. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Upscale Pearl Marketplace opens in Houston’s Midtown," 11 June 2019 The rooftop pool and its poolside cabanas are easily one of the best spots in the city to watch the sunset. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Doha Is Much More Than a Stopover Destination," 4 June 2019 Alternatively, take a dip in the fresh saltwater pool, grab a seat in the garden and work amongst the hummingbirds and butterflies, or chill in one of the poolside cabanas that are covered in kumquat trees. Rachel Waldman, Vogue, "7 Exclusive Social Clubs Where Non-Members Can Stay the Night," 17 July 2018 The site has a 9,000-square-foot mansion with seven bedrooms, a 3,000-square-foot poolside entertaining pavilion with guest wing, a two-bedroom guest house, and a swimming pool with ocean views. Terry Collins, Fortune, "Richard Nixon's 'Western White House' Is Back on the Market—At a Discount," 12 June 2019 The rest of the day is free for poolside relaxation or optional excursions in the clouds, including zip-lining, hiking in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, or a walk through the forest canopy across hanging bridges. National Geographic, "Costa Rica Family Journey: From Rainforest to Coast," 12 June 2019 And while Jordyn Woods, Kendall Jenner, and Co. found their fun in an arsenal of poolside squirt guns, Selena Gomez used her words—or, more accurately, her sounds—to make Hung Vanngo giggle from her position in the makeup chair. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Selena Gomez Gets a Touch Up and More!," 3 June 2018 Airways Hotel is good for a rooftop poolside brunch, Wi-Fi, and helpful service. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "Navigating Tradition and Tourism in Papua New Guinea," 3 May 2018 After all, the arrival of warmer weather brings endless opportunities for carefree beach moments and relaxing by the poolside. Allure, "The 25 Best Plus-Size Swimsuits and Bikinis to Buy This Summer," 10 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb or adjective

Change diapers in a bathroom or diaper-changing area—not poolside—to keep germs away from the pool. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Crypto: Parasite in pools making people sick, CDC wants," 1 July 2019 This gives a classic look and will help the wearer nail poolside cool. Houston Chronicle, "These looks will let you feel and look cool under the sun," 27 June 2019 They're inspired by European summers and classic American 70s poolside attire. Michelle Li, Teen Vogue, "Five Cool Things I Found On Instagram This Week," 14 June 2019 The oversized, 58-inch round towel is only $10 and perfect for a day at the beach or to dry off poolside after a cannonball or two. Katie Macdonald, PEOPLE.com, "Ellen DeGeneres Loves This $10 Donut Towel — and We’re Just as Obsessed," 7 June 2019 This swimsuit-optional gay men's resort also features an outdoor mist cooling system, comfortable deck chairs, and complimentary guest lunches served poolside. Stepfanie Romine, USA TODAY, "7 reasons why the summer season is the best time to visit Palm Springs," 4 June 2019 Porter said her boyfriend was sitting poolside, dangling his feet in the water with socks on when Walker approached him, telling him repeatedly to take his socks off. USA TODAY, "Woman fired after calling the police on a black man for wearing socks in community pool," 8 July 2018 The Bulgarians were poolside at a Princeton hotel the next day. Mike Jensen, Philly.com, "The World Cup is coming, and memories from '94 flood back," 13 June 2018 For those who like to get their sun in first thing, order a breakfast burrito to go and eat it poolside. Lyndsey Matthews, ELLE Decor, "This New Resort Is the Las Vegas of the Caribbean," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of poolside


1921, in the meaning defined above

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of poolside

: the area next to or near the side of a swimming pool

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