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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Late in the game, Kolde, Allen's one-time roommate at Washington State, lost interest in the game and started watching the Warriors-Spurs streaming on his cellular telephone. John Canzano,, "Canzano: Trail Blazers end up a puzzling and pathetic no-show in Game 3 blowout," 19 Apr. 2018 His roommate at the boarding house, a somnambulist, once crawled into bed with Williams. Greg Garrison,, "Southern playwright Tennessee Williams majored in journalism at Mizzou," 26 Mar. 2018 He and Mark Zuckerberg were roommates at Harvard, and early on, Mr. Hughes ran the company’s communications and marketing department. ConcepciÓn De LeÓn, New York Times, "The Redemption of Chris Hughes," 21 Feb. 2018 Joe Kennedy, speaking later, was a roommate at Stanford of Jason Collins, speaking now. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Who is Joe Kennedy III, the Democrats' answer to the Trump's State of the Union? | The Kansas City Star," 30 Jan. 2018 In April 2000, Clark visited Bayside Middle School at the invitation of Martha Wilson, a fifth-grade science teacher who was a roommate at UW. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "To Racine's Laurel Clark, killed in 2003 Columbia shuttle disaster, life a 'magical thing'," 30 Jan. 2018 Ryan Russell, his former roommate at Purdue, now plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and wore custom cleats to honor Gilliam this season. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "This Southport and Purdue football alum lost feeling in his legs. Now he's fighting cancer.," 13 Jan. 2018 The woman and her roommate went home shortly after midnight while the rest of the group, including Rodriguez, went on to dance at the Bonham Exchange. John Tedesco, San Antonio Express-News, "Ballet San Antonio dancer faces sexual assault charges," 1 June 2018 Sun wouldn't come out of his room except to eat or do laundry and wouldn't talk to others, his roommate told detectives, according to a police report. Steve Almasy And Jamiel Lynch, CNN, "College student who had distressing behavior, rifles will be deported for visa violation," 31 Mar. 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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