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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He was placed back in the jail's special housing unit late in the month, and, for a time, had a new roommate. al, "Some Jeffrey Epstein prison camera footage is unusable," 27 Aug. 2019 Inside Unit #5 of Edgewood College’s Siena Hall, in Madison, Wisc., is a two-bedroom apartment junior Riley Culver shares with a roommate and Frankie, her 6-year-old tabby. Kelly Meyerhofer,, "Wisconsin college offers pets as new on-campus living perk," 27 Aug. 2019 He was placed back in the jail's special housing unit late in the month, and, for a time, had a new roommate. Carol D. Leonnig, Matt Zapotosky, Anchorage Daily News, "Footage from at least one camera outside Epstein’s cell deemed unusable," 27 Aug. 2019 For Conde and other first-generation college students in Colorado, worries of heading off to a university can transcend the usual jitters about leaving home or getting along with a roommate. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "First person in your family to go to college? Here’s some advice from first-generation Colorado students and experts," 22 Aug. 2019 A few months later a college friend landed a job in Anaheim and was looking for a roommate. Mike Acker | For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Minority Retort comedy showcase features former host Neeraj Srinivasan, now an L.A. comic," 13 Aug. 2019 Don't forget to put things in writing with a roommate. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Jill Martin is your guide to dorm room awesomeness: 'You're making this your little house'," 13 Aug. 2019 Although college RAs usually get their own solo dorm room, Blanton said pairing them with a roommate isn't unusual when there's limited capacity. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "University of Kentucky's dorms are overbooked, with more students than beds," 22 July 2019 Last fall, Panzella and her boyfriend welcomed a new roommate who had just gotten out of prison after serving 13 and a half years for a violent crime. Marisa Kendall, The Mercury News, "From behind bars to … the streets? Bay Area residents with records struggle to find housing," 21 June 2019

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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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