room·​mate | \ ˈrüm-ˌmāt How to pronounce roommate (audio) , ˈru̇m-\

Definition of roommate

: one of two or more persons sharing the same room or living quarters

called also room*ie\ ˈrü-​mē How to pronounce ˈrü-mē (audio) , ˈru̇-​\

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The Rams’ Jared Goff, Trubisky’s roommate in Southern California for a few weeks during the offseason, had a 63.6 rating in seven starts as a rookie in 2016. Rich Campbell,, "Mitch Trubisky's ability to command Matt Nagy's offense will define the Bears' season," 11 July 2018 Steve Girard, who is behind all of the band’s artwork so far, was Sam Cooper’s roommate in college. Lilly Milman, Billboard, "Mt. Joy's Matt Quinn on 'Surreal' Success, Dropping Out of Law School and Writing No. 1 Hit 'Silver Lining'," 28 June 2018 Little data exists for co-living, but there is evidence that skyrocketing rents over the last six years have forced more apartment-dwellers to live with roommates. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "Tiny Rooms, Shared Kitchens: Co-Living on the Rise in Big Cities," 16 Oct. 2018 These days, Will and Kate live in Kensington Palace in London, but back in her bachelorette phase, Kate wasn't living in a hovel with roommates and subsisting on ramen and hope like many recent grads. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Net Worth Before She Married Prince William Will Make Your Jaw Drop," 22 Sep. 2018 The house was the home of his longtime girlfriend, who was white, as were her roommates. Detroit Free Press, "He helped start 1967 Detroit riot, now his son struggles with the legacy," 15 May 2018 His self-destructive behavior was a cause for concern for the rest of the roommates, especially since Harley was close to eight months pregnant with the couple's daughter., "Last Night's Jersey Shore Featured Ronnie Magro's Most Honest Moment In The House," 15 June 2018 Here, two college roommates—assured, resourceful, generous Otilia (an astonishing Anamaria Marinca) and sweet, impulsive, selfish Găbita (Laura Vasiliu)—share an experience that will forever change them, in ways expected and otherwise. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "Cinematic Treasures From an Unexpected Place," 22 Jan. 2019 In August of 2008, the duo, Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky, joined by former roommate Nathan Blecharczyk, launched Air Bed and Breakfast at Denver’s Democratic National Convention, calling on Denver residents to open up their homes. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airbnb's Longest-Serving Hosts on the First Decade of Home-Sharing," 30 Aug. 2018

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1770, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of roommate

: a person who shares a room, apartment, or house with someone else


room·​mate | \ ˈrüm-ˌmāt How to pronounce roommate (audio) , ˈru̇m-\

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: one of two or more people sharing a room or dwelling

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