rooming house

room·​ing house | \ ˈrü-miŋ- How to pronounce rooming house (audio) , ˈru̇- \

Definition of rooming house

: a house where lodgings are provided for rent

Examples of rooming house in a Sentence

After losing his job, he moved to a cheap rooming house.
Recent Examples on the Web The families that crammed 13 people into three-room houses. Washington Post, "In one unusual Virginia neighborhood, roots stretch to the first Africans in America," 21 Aug. 2019 Wyckoff House in Brooklyn: The one-room house was constructed in 1652 and is thought to be the oldest building in the city. New York Times, "Coronavirus in N.Y.C.: The Latest," 16 Mar. 2020 Walala constructed a five-room house — including a living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and even a unique DOTS disco— made from more than 2 million LEGO tiles and decorated with the new DOTS. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "LEGO's New DOTS Line Uses Flatter Tiles to Let Kids Customize Their Room and Accessories," 28 Jan. 2020 In a crowded waiting room housed at the end of an old mall, a small table displayed a picture of Choupannejad and her daughters, plus a few flower arrangements and notes from patients. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "'Why them, what did they do?' Canada mourns victims of Iranian plane crash, seeks answers," 12 Jan. 2020 The room houses a mix of allegorical works and some that feel more visceral, like sculptures. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "How the New MoMA Uses Paint Colors to Change the Way We See Art," 6 Dec. 2019 An antique family abacus holds a revered place in the tiny one-room house Yu and Zhang share in the old alleys of Beijing. Los Angeles Times, "At 70, Communist China is older than the Soviet Union, while rivaling U.S. economic power," 29 Sep. 2019 The fees for hotels, group homes and rooming houses are calculated by different formulas. Rebecca Lurye,, "Slumlords, housing profiteers have nowhere to hide under Hartford’s new rental licensing program," 31 Oct. 2019 He was arrested in August 2018 for keeping a gun in his unit in a Boston rooming house., "A 64-year-old convicted bank robber who once discussed shooting an armored truck driver in the head wants a federal judge in Boston to sentence him to five years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, records show.," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of rooming house

1873, in the meaning defined above

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25 May 2020

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“Rooming house.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rooming house

US : a house where rooms with furniture are rented to people to live in

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Kids Definition of rooming house

: a house having furnished rooms for rent to lodgers

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