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

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Perhaps, though, your best option is to buck up and talk to your roommate. Vanessa Marin, Allure, "Ask a Sex Therapist: My Boyfriend's Love of Porn Makes Me Feel Insecure — What Should I Do?," 9 Aug. 2018 Both his roommate and her daughter were hit with rocks in the face, according to the Galveston Daily News. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "He launched rocks at a 9-year-old and her mother — with his riding lawnmower, Texas cops say," 12 June 2018 The roommate is being held at the Fairfield City Jail. Carol Robinson,, "Miles College student stabbed multiple times; roommate in custody," 4 Feb. 2018 The roommates must participate in various physical and mental competitions to survive week-to-week. Johnny Diaz,, "Miami dancer to compete on CBS's 'Big Brother' this summer," 21 June 2018 The former roommate is not being named so as not to reveal the identity of the alleged assailant, who was not charged with a crime and did not respond to several calls requesting comment. Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post, "Southern Baptist leader encouraged a woman not to report alleged rape to police and told her to forgive assailant, she says," 22 May 2018 From 2012 The first inter-racial roommates on the Virginia Tech Hokies football team, in the fall of 1970: Freshman quarterback Bruce Arians, from New Jersey. Peter King,, "Thank You, Thank You, Thank You: Peter King Says Farewell to SI’s Monday Morning QB," 21 May 2018 One of the roommates, who let Clark rent a room out of the couple’s North Sacramento home, told The Sacramento Bee on Thursday afternoon that Clark made threats to his girlfriend days earlier, leading them to ask for a restraining order against him. Nashelly Chavez, sacbee, "Brother of Stephon Clark speaks from jail | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Apr. 2018 But the neighbor says the roommates are the ones who don't do much and rely on Adam to do everything, including emptying the dishwasher. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Country roads, take us home," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of roommate

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-\

Kids Definition of roommate

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

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