sick·​room | \ ˈsik-ˌrüm How to pronounce sickroom (audio) , -ˌru̇m \

Definition of sickroom

: a room in which a person is confined by sickness

Examples of sickroom in a Sentence

We brought father home from the hospital and converted a spare room into a sickroom.
Recent Examples on the Web For Richard Wright and Masaoka Shiki, lying on their sickroom beds, writing haiku was an art of short spurts of insight followed by exhaustion. Christopher Benfey, The New York Review of Books, "Richard Wright, Masaoka Shiki, and the Haiku of Confinement," 25 June 2020 Even the devoted family dog, Heidi, was banished from the sickroom. Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times, "He survived a shooting at Trader Joe’s. Would coronavirus be his downfall?," 9 Apr. 2020 Dying people in the bygone world were said to have commonly seen their dead relations or others known to them—not in the hallucinatory trips of the near-death experience, but in the sickroom with them. John Crowley, Harper's magazine, "Works of Mercy," 10 Apr. 2019 As shot by Philippe Le Sourd, the film looks like an unholy collaboration between John Singer Sargent and Edvard Munch, a faded mansion on its way to becoming a sickroom. Charles Taylor, Newsweek, "Review 'The Beguiled': In Sofia Coppola's Movie, Female Sexuality Collides With Notions of Gentility," 22 June 2017

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First Known Use of sickroom

1749, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jul 2020

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“Sickroom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sickroom

: a room in which a sick person stays


sick·​room | \ ˈsik-ˌrüm, -ˌru̇m How to pronounce sickroom (audio) \

Medical Definition of sickroom

: a room in which a person is confined by sickness

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