room·​mate | \ ˈrüm-ˌmāt, ˈru̇m-\

Definition of roommate

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

called also room*ie\ ˈrü-​mē , ˈru̇-​\

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Chinese police questioned her classmate and roommate, Sun Wei, the only student who would have had access to thallium, but she was released for lack of evidence. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study brings us one step closer to solving 1994 thallium poisoning case," 25 Dec. 2018 Night mode will preserve the sanity of your roommates and neighbors in the evening. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Roku will soon let you control its devices and Roku TVs with Google Assistant," 24 Sep. 2018 When American college student Amanda Knox stood trial in Italy for the 2007 murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher, her sexuality came under heavy scrutiny. Samantha Cooney, Time, "Amanda Knox on Her New Show, #MeToo and Life After Prison," 2 May 2018 Even Will Sasso’s role as Sam’s best friend / roommate goes surprisingly deep, especially when their friendship takes a dark turn at the end of the first season. Pilot Viruet, The Verge, "The 12 best overlooked TV shows of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement wrote, directed, and starred in the horror-comedy, playing vampire roommates Vladislav (Clement) and Viago (Waititi) in Wellington, New Zealand. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Vampires navigate NYC in first teasers for What We Do in the Shadows," 1 Nov. 2018 Kenneth Christmas: An executive vice president at Marvista Entertainment, Christmas was Kavanaugh’s roommate at Yale Law School. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearing witnesses include former law clerks, school shooting survivor: A full list," 7 Sep. 2018 For many Congressional leaders, making it in today’s D.C. means finding roommates, including adopting living situations more akin to broke college students. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a point about housing for Congress," 21 Nov. 2018 Notable guests at the Celebration of Life service included Lee Corso, Reynolds' longtime friend and Florida State University roommate, as well as famed quarterback Doug Flutie, who started with the Chicago Bears. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Burt Reynolds' ex-wife Loni Anderson and son honor actor with 'intimate' Florida service," 22 Sep. 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, ˈru̇m-\

Kids Definition of roommate

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

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