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

Examples of waiting room in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On a recent Wednesday, the waiting room with brand new plastic chairs was full of patients, many filling out paperwork attached to a clipboard. Arkansas Online, 31 July 2022 Sanderson apparently spoiled the bomber’s plan, which was, presumably, to detonate the bomb later in the day when the waiting room was full. Jerry Adler, Good Housekeeping, 14 July 2022 Two hours after Roe was overturned, the waiting room at Alamo Women’s Reproductive Services was empty. Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2022 These hopes were dashed when a supervisor appeared and said—in answer to my question—that the waiting room had 12 seats and there were five IRS employees helping taxpayers. Laura Saunders, WSJ, 20 May 2022 The waiting room had Keurig machines and orchids in vases and iPads with futuristic palm-print scanners. New York Times, 10 May 2022 The filing cited a 1981 incident in which heavy rains caused part of the roof to crash into the passenger waiting room. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 The front waiting room has a name —The Fermenter — and its own bar. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 30 Mar. 2022 In the waiting room, women and a few men waited quietly to hear their names. Dawn Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of waiting room

1683, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of waiting room was in 1683

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5 Aug 2022

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“Waiting room.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waiting%20room. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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

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