pool·​side | \ ˈpül-ˌsīd \

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

On-property, kids love the waterslides and lazy river, while parents can escape to the quiet calm of the adults-only pool or have a cocktail at the poolside open-air bar. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Just check out all those glamorous poolside photos of him, young and handsome and bare-chested. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Review: The Hollywood Bowl turns up the heat for Leonard Bernstein celebration — sometimes too high," 11 July 2018 Kourtney followed up her epic takedown with a shot of her and Kendall laughing poolside, probably at the Insta-hater. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kourtney Kardashian Personally Responds to a Fan Who Says She Doesn't Work," 7 Oct. 2018 The trip sounds like a dream—although there may not be much time for tanning and drinking piña coladas at the poolside. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Australia Royal Tour Itinerary Is Finally Out," 10 Sep. 2018 Inspired by Morocco’s iconic Majorelle Gardens, the outdoor oasis beckons guests to lounge poolside and indulge in a menu of frozen drinks. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "There's a Newcomer to The Strip: the NoMad Las Vegas," 12 Oct. 2018 Over-the-top Anglophiles should consider Hotel ZaZa Memorial City's luxe package, complete with a poolside brunch, $50 spa credit, special turn-down service and tiaras for every royal-wedding-watcher. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Best places in Houston to watch the royal wedding on Saturday," 16 May 2018 Ortiz loves entertaining and invites close friends over for poolside barbecue lunches on her terrace, featuring the catch of the day. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This Colombian Fashion Designer Brings a Sophisticated Spirit Into Her Cartagena Home," 9 Aug. 2018 In the mean time, tide yourself over with their latest collab below — and then schedule a poolside afternoon, ASAP. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj Release "Bed" Music Video," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb or adjective

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 Guests can enjoy signature Southwest specials and live music poolside at the Thirsty Cactus Bar and Grill every Saturday afternoon. azcentral, "Phoenix Marriott Resort Tempe at The Buttes," 9 May 2018 During those times, there were also Mothers’ Day brunches served poolside outdoors. Pat Lenhoff, chicagotribune.com, "Column: A Cuneo Mansion tour is a summer experience not to be missed," 31 May 2018 Enjoy poolside live music Saturday afternoons and poolside Yoga class on Saturday and Sunday mornings. azcentral, "Phoenix Marriott Resort Tempe at The Buttes," 9 May 2018 Though beach chillin', outdoor picnics, and poolside frolicking sound amazing, the UV rays, salt water, and humidity that often comes with all that can truly take a toll on your hair. Wendy Sy, Allure, "24 New Hair-Care Products You Need to Try This Summer," 26 Apr. 2018 And New Orleans weather is cooperating enough that the voice on the other end of the phone is sitting poolside. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "A confident Nikola Mirotic talks Pelicans playoffs and trade from Bulls: 'We both did what was the best for us'," 25 Apr. 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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