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 Spencer’s college roommate, meanwhile, who had worked at the same hospital, has since taken a new job in the emergency department at a different hospital. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "COVID ICU nurse among the majority of fellow staff who have endured the disease," 4 Feb. 2021 Her roommate, Dayle Yoshie Okazaki, is also fatally shot in the head by Ramirez. Ashley Chervinski,, "A Detailed Timeline Of Night Stalker Richard Ramirez’ Crimes," 16 Jan. 2021 Sale was suspended, as was his roommate, novelist-to-be Richard Fariña. Steven Levy, Wired, "A 25-Year-Old Bet Comes Due: Has Tech Destroyed Society?," 5 Jan. 2021 Her roommate on the show, Tina Louise, is the last cast member still alive. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "It's here. The new COVID-19 strain is here.," 30 Dec. 2020 Or maybe the four of you (sister, roommate) can talk about what works. Globe Staff,, "We met online during the pandemic. How do we merge our COVID bubbles?," 3 Feb. 2021 New York roommate stories often begin with a kind of claustrophobic, reluctant symbiosis: Two people, linked solely by necessity, now also have to share the same bathroom. Bridget Read, Curbed, "The Nightmare Share," 2 Feb. 2021 At an online mayoral forum last week, Paperboy performed a rap in support of universal basic income, took two actual pies to the face and expressed concern about waking up a roommate. New York Times, "Did Candidates Flee to Vacation Homes? 5 Highlights From the Mayor’s Race," 25 Jan. 2021 The current season of Terrace House was canceled on May 28 after the death of roommate Hana Kimura. Vulture Editors, Vulture, "All the Live Events, Movie Releases, and Productions Affected by the Coronavirus," 24 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of roommate

1770, in the meaning defined above

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“Roommate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 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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