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 It was spurred by a case where two Mississippi police officers arrested and jailed 15 priests, three of whom were black, for refusing to leave a segregated bus terminal waiting room in 1961. Tyler Kendall, CBS News, "Qualified immunity is at the forefront of the debate on policing," 6 July 2020 All businesses should remove items that might be shared by customers, such as waiting room magazines and test products. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "When will nail salons, tattoo parlors reopen in California? State updates guidelines," 12 June 2020 It could also be used on hospital bed linens, drapes and waiting room chairs, the researchers note in the study. Rachel Crowell, Scientific American, "Electrified Fabric Could Zap the Coronavirus on Masks and Clothing," 24 June 2020 Schrader has reduced the number of chairs in his waiting room from 10 to four and now schedules appointments far enough apart so that there is never more than one person waiting. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "The doctor is in, but coronavirus changes the look and feel of the office visit," 14 June 2020 The app allows patients to answer questions about their symptoms and register for an appointment remotely without having to sit in the waiting room and potentially expose others to the virus. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Urgent-Care Clinics Turn to Technology to Meet Coronavirus Challenge," 11 June 2020 Patients may be moved directly into rooms rather than remaining in the waiting room. Anchorage Daily News, "Pandemic or no, preventive care is a must," 9 June 2020 No visitors are allowed to wait in the emergency services waiting room or other locations in the hospital once the patient is taken back to a room. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Visitors can return to Michigan hospitals — but rules are different for each," 9 June 2020 His waiting room and office became more and more crowded with the souvenirs of his travels. Joyce Johnson, The New York Review of Books, "My Abortion War Story," 8 June 2020

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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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11 Jul 2020

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“Waiting room.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waiting%20room. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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