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 Another accuser — a roommate — had filed previous restraining orders against LeBlanc and Alexander on Nov. 5, according to court filings. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Georgetown players accused of harassment, burglary, assault," 3 Dec. 2019 Feeling obligated to give your bummer-of-a-roommate a gift this year? Wired, "Elon Musk’s Slander Trial, Offensive Ornaments on Amazon, and More News," 3 Dec. 2019 So West and her parents took to Craigslist looking for a roommate or affordable apartment. USA Today, "Worker injuries, 911 calls, housing crisis: Recruiting Tesla exacts a price," 12 Nov. 2019 According to various news accounts of the investigation, a roommate said Schell missed a bus to Ypsilanti to see her boyfriend in Ann Arbor, and then hitchhiked a ride, precisely what their mothers warned their daughters not to do., "Murders of Michigan women still unsolved 50 years later — but cops had eye on 1 man," 10 Nov. 2019 The victim had posted an advertisement online looking for a roommate to split the rent. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Burglar takes jewelry and credit cards: Westlake Police Blotter," 1 Nov. 2019 Crumley was at the scene along with a roommate and a staff member from his group home. Amanda Zhou, Indianapolis Star, "Lawsuit says man with intellectual disabilities was mistreated in jail," 23 Oct. 2019 The note was found by a roommate who wasn’t supposed to be home that day. Sam Dylan Finch, Teen Vogue, "Doctors Using a Transgender Patient's Correct Pronouns Is a Life-or-Death Matter," 27 Sep. 2019 The loop of my life is centered around a very present roommate who eats up a lot of our food, takes up a lot of space, is very loud, and doesn’t clean up after himself. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Russian Doll's Greta Lee Is the Best Friend You Always Wanted," 13 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of roommate

1770, in the meaning defined above

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“Roommate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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