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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Even the nice ones are about as glamorous as a urologist’s waiting room. Jason Gay, WSJ, "America’s Ready to Bet on Sports. I’ll Go First.," 18 June 2018 With towering pillars, marble floors, chandeliers and high-arching windows, the terminal’s passenger waiting room was a sight to behold. Washington Post, "AP news guide: Ford’s plans for Michigan Central station," 17 June 2018 Byrd said books for all ages are placed in the cafeteria, waiting rooms and exam rooms and many patients go home with one or more books. Ginger Brashinger, Daily Southtown, "Health checkups now include story time, free books for Will County kids," 28 June 2018 Other mundane details from our waking life does appear often dreams: waiting rooms, schools, dentist offices. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Do Humans Dream Of Smartphones?," 7 July 2018 Reed reads to children and stocks waiting rooms and exam rooms with books for young patients. Ginger Brashinger, Daily Southtown, "Health checkups now include story time, free books for Will County kids," 28 June 2018 By suits in the offices, the courts & waiting rooms. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "The Politics and Play of Terrance Hayes," 24 June 2018 Whether the ornate concourse and waiting room fit architecturally with the towering office structure to the rear has from the beginning been a matter of dispute. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit train station was a place where memories were made," 12 June 2018 Their patients, however, had fled from the waiting rooms and even from their beds. The Economist, "Lina Puthussery died of the Nipah virus on May 21st," 31 May 2018

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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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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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