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.

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The vaulted living room housed a fifteen-foot Christmas tree every year. Smith Henderson, Popular Mechanics, "You Could Live Here Alone Forever," 11 Jan. 2017 Those killed on the ground are in a rooming house at 961 Harney St. Investigators trace the accident to the use of wrong fuel. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "Homelessness is up in Ballard, your ballot is on the way, and Russian spy intrigue | Thursday Morning Brief, July 19," 19 July 2018 Most probably stayed in the cramped rooming houses that once dominated the city, said Wildwood Historical Society president Al Brannen. Avalon R. Zoppo,, "Senior Week in Wildwood: A money-making machine that residents love to hate," 20 June 2018 The four men rented a room in a North Talbot Street rooming house and honed their skills on filling station and grocery store holdups. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "'Kill-Crazy' Brady gang tried to out-gangster John Dillinger," 29 June 2018 Korematsu made up a fake name and laid low in a rooming house. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, "How the Supreme Court struck down a WWII-era travesty when it upheld Trump’s travel ban," 27 June 2018 The room houses large French Neoclassical paintings, including another of David's famous works featured in the music video. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the Louvre with Beyoncé and Jay-Z," 18 June 2018 It was turned into a rooming house sometime after the First World War. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Historic Concordia home is 4,000 square feet of hard work - and love," 31 May 2018 For instance, a man who allegedly shot and killed another man at a northwest Atlanta rooming house was captured last Tuesday by the U.S. Marshals Southern Regional Task Force. Steve Burns, ajc, "Longtime North Georgia sheriff in line for federal job," 10 June 2018

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1873, in the meaning defined above

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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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