waiting room


Definition of waiting room

: a room (as in a doctor's office) for the use of persons (such as patients) who are waiting

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Latham decided to call her road trip project More Good and document all of her stops on a website, with the goal of publishing a book to donate to hospital waiting rooms coast-to-coast. Anchorage Daily News, "New York woman has been on a three-year road trip documenting acts of kindness," 25 June 2019 The North County Vista office is larger with a conference room, waiting room, bathroom and three staff offices. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Supervisor budgets $240,000 for office furniture, remodeling," 21 June 2019 Muzak piped into elevators and shopping malls seems almost quaint, now that televisions and video screens are everywhere—in waiting rooms, restaurants and taxis—and every stroll down a store aisle is accompanied by a pop soundtrack. Christine Rosen, WSJ, "‘Silence’ Review: The Rest Is Noise," 25 Mar. 2019 The move greatly expands Mexico’s new role as a giant waiting room for those wishing to file for asylum in the United States. San Diego Union-Tribune, "In Tijuana, Mexico’s president promotes friendship and dignity," 9 June 2019 Beginning in January 2019, the almost $1 million expansion will cover changes to the reception area and waiting room. Sue Ellen Ross, Post-Tribune, "Cancer suvivors celebrate with testimonials, activities," 7 June 2019 My interest in astrology began in my dentist’s waiting room in 2008. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "What I Learned From Having an On-Call Astrologer for a Week," 1 Apr. 2019 Starck, barely known back then, borrowed the look of the old Budapest railway station’s waiting room. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "Saks Doubles Down on Department Stores With New Restaurant in New York City," 15 Jan. 2019 Eleanor wakes up after a fatal shopping cart accident in what looks like a dentist’s waiting room. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The (secular) gospel according to The Good Place," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of waiting room

1683, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jul 2019

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The first known use of waiting room was in 1683

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English Language Learners Definition of waiting room

: a room in a hospital, doctor's office, train station, etc., where people can sit down and wait

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Kids Definition of waiting room

: a room (as in a station or an office) for the use of people waiting

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