rooming house

noun
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 By the time 31-year-old Mark England died in a small home illegally converted into a rooming house, a court case against the property owner had been closed for nearly five years. Cecilia Reyes, chicagotribune.com, "A Tribune/BGA investigation found at least 61 people have died since 2014 in buildings where city officials knew ahead of time about fire safety problems.," 23 Apr. 2021 Durst was acquitted of murder in the shooting death of an elderly neighbor in a rooming house in Galveston, Texas, in 2001. Brian Melley, Star Tribune, "Robert Durst murder trial resumes May 17 after virus delay," 12 Apr. 2021 Durst was acquitted of murder in the shooting death of an elderly neighbor in a rooming house in Galveston, Texas, in 2001. Brian Melley, ajc, "Robert Durst murder trial resumes May 17 after virus delay," 12 Apr. 2021 Durst was acquitted of murder in the shooting death of an elderly neighbor in a rooming house in Galveston, Texas, in 2001. Brian Melley, Star Tribune, "Robert Durst murder trial resumes May 17 after virus delay," 12 Apr. 2021 Durst was acquitted of murder in the shooting death of an elderly neighbor in a rooming house in Galveston, Texas, in 2001. Brian Melley, ajc, "Robert Durst murder trial resumes May 17 after virus delay," 12 Apr. 2021 Chitina was a place of a few houses, a hotel and a rooming house and some road commission houses. Mary Ann Ashcraft, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll Yesteryears: 1929 letter details Carroll County natives’ trip to Alaska," 12 Mar. 2021 Mercy was the first chartered hospital in the city — starting in an old rooming house near present-day Rush Street and the Chicago River in 1852 before moving to the South Side during the Civil War, according to the hospital. Lisa Schencker, chicagotribune.com, "State board votes against Mercy Hospital closure," 15 Dec. 2020 Since the 2016 presidential election, Lateefah Knight, 33, has lived at a Philadelphia shelter, in transitional housing, in an apartment, in a rooming house and with family and friends. Jonathan Lai, ProPublica, "Pennsylvania’s New Vote-by-Mail Law Expands Access for Everyone Except the Poor," 22 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of rooming house

1873, in the meaning defined above

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6 May 2021

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“Rooming house.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rooming%20house. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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rooming house

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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

rooming house

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Kids Definition of rooming house

: a house having furnished rooms for rent to lodgers

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