standing room


: space for standing
especially : accommodation available for spectators or passengers after all seats are filled

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Bleacher seating for 1,250 is available at The Kettering Health Practice Fields along with additional standing room along the sidelines. Chris Pugh, The Enquirer, 25 July 2022 Only a limited number of standing room-only admissions are available in the FanShield Infield Experience for the Cup Series race. The Arizona Republic, 20 Oct. 2022 The board limited testimony to one hour despite a standing room-only audience with more outside as well as people who had hoped to testify by phone but could not, several participants said this week. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Sep. 2022 Explore those questions and more in a production that offers a mix of standing room and improvised seating. oregonlive, 31 Aug. 2022 The upper pop-top area provides over seven feet of standing room when cooking or hanging out and then transitions into a long, fold-down bed for two. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 16 Sep. 2020 The restaurant also has a standalone full bar inside with plenty of high-top tables and standing room, with HDTVs mounted to the wall for watching the games of the day. Rachel King, Fortune, 23 Oct. 2022 By that time, the audience of 3,500 (plus standing room only) were pleading loudly for an encore. WSJ, 7 July 2022 The $46 standing room only ducat will fit your needs. Mike Hart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of standing room was in 1603

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Cite this Entry

“Standing room.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

standing room


: space available for spectators or passengers to stand in after all seats are filled
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