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 roomie

Examples of roommate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The roommate called friends for help and eventually 911. Washington Post, "An Ohio freshman died after drinking a bottle of liquor in a frat hazing. Now 8 men face charges.," 30 Apr. 2021 Concerned for his safety, the roommate locked himself in his room, court documents show. Los Angeles Times, "19-year-old slit dog’s throat and gloated about it on Snapchat, federal prosecutors say," 27 Apr. 2021 If this were a college dorm and a student is the bullseye, the first ring is the roommate. Mark Kortepeter, Forbes, "Could 1960s Smallpox Vaccination Strategies Help Eradicate Covid Today?," 26 Apr. 2021 The only other person at home is the roommate of the boy’s foster parent. Cecilia Reyes,, "42 fires, 61 deaths: A story of failed city oversight," 23 Apr. 2021 Miramar police arrived to find the roommate had been shot in his forearm and lower back. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Blind date arrested following home invasion robbery and shooting in Miramar, police say," 2 Apr. 2021 My roommate’s boyfriend, a Craigslist pro, scoped out a sweet little steel-frame Bianchi that looked really promising. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Gear Our Editors Ever Bought Used," 22 Apr. 2021 Hill was reportedly offered the role of Shia LaBeouf's college roommate in the film, though the role ended up going to Ramon Rodriguez. Nicholas Rice,, "Seth Rogen Told Jonah Hill to Turn Down Transformers Sequel and Make His Own Robot Movie Instead," 22 Apr. 2021 When he was called out of town for more than a month, his lifelong friend and roommate Jared agreed to care for Anna. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "Getting squirrelly," 18 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of roommate

1770, in the meaning defined above

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8 May 2021

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“Roommate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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- \

Kids Definition of roommate

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

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