rooming house


room·​ing house ˈrü-miŋ- How to pronounce rooming house (audio)
: 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 Many large mansions along Highland had been subdivided into rooming houses during World War II. Sophie Carson, Journal Sentinel, 28 Mar. 2024 Ethel and Riley Ransom moved their hospital to Fort Worth in April 1919, converting rooming houses (first at 417 E. Fifth and then 509 Grove) into hospitals. Carol Roark, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 10 Feb. 2024 By day’s end, Payne was at Oswald’s rooming house talking to neighbors, peeling off layers of the man’s life. Brayden Garcia, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 26 Jan. 2024 Ransom favored existing rooming house buildings for hospital use. Carol Roark, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 10 Feb. 2024 Before that, in Times Square, there were just rooming houses. Karrie Jacobs, Curbed, 12 Oct. 2023 The city has a limited number of rooming houses, or single-room occupancy units, and the laws regulating these buildings are different. Jill Terreri Ramos, New York Times, 21 Oct. 2023 On Wednesday morning, troopers from the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section flew to the island and joined police detectives in conducting surveillance near a rooming house in Oak Bluffs, where Covington was living. Emily Sweeney,, 24 Aug. 2023 The 1861 home had been a rooming house, its rooms divided around a winding stair. Adriane Quinlan, Curbed, 11 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rooming house was in 1873

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“Rooming house.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

rooming house

: a house where rooms are rented to lodgers

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