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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The Minneapolis Police confirmed that the investigation was ongoing, but declined to comment on the theory that the slaying stemmed from a dispute with a former roommate, the Star Tribune reports. Paula Rogo,, "Minneapolis Man Gunned Down Steps From His Mother's House," 6 Apr. 2018 Having a roommate who was also my best friend made a huge difference. Tess Koman, Cosmopolitan, "What It's Like to Live With a Disease No One Understands: "There Was Barely Any Oxygen Getting to My Brain"," 9 Aug. 2016 Edwards played in 1972 at Cal with quarterback Vince Ferragamo as his roommate. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "For ASU's Herm Edwards, sports bubble helped to overcome racism growing up," 12 July 2018 Sean Parker: My roommates in Portola Valley were all going to Stanford. Adam Fisher, WIRED, "Sex, Beer, and Coding: Inside Facebook’s Wild Early Days," 10 July 2018 Good news for you and your roommates: Two-bedrooms in Philly remained flat at $1,700 a month for July, but even that figure is 6.9 percent higher than July 2017. Shannon Rooney,, "Philadelphia is the 16th most expensive U.S. city for renters in July," 7 July 2018 These are the words the Los Angeles Clippers have to ask themselves after LeBron James decided to sign with the Lakers, undoubtedly focusing nearly all of the city’s attention on their Staples Center roommates instead of them. Dan Woike,, "If only the Clippers did not have to worry about the Lakers' greatness again," 3 July 2018 The woman and her roommate called 911 and went to a friend’s apartment, the report stated. Thomas Oide,, "Boston police dog plays role in arrest," 2 July 2018 Jarzembowski says his roommate was first molested by the older seminarian when both were minors, but that the molestation continued after the older seminarian turned 18. Washington Post, "Vatican City still has no policy to fight clergy sex abuse," 1 July 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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