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 The average time a patient spends sitting in a waiting room (20 minutes) now exceeds the average length of a primary care appointment (10 to 15 minutes). Sunita Mishra, Fortune, 14 Feb. 2024 Kenny said their physician told them not to be inside with unmasked people, yet Kaiser does not allow patients to wait outside until being called rather than in crowded waiting rooms. Judy Stone, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Bennett was accompanied by a guard who took her to a waiting room and then ushered her into the execution chamber. Katie Moore, Kansas City Star, 12 Feb. 2024 Unnerving reports of people waiting more than a day to be seen, or suffering potentially life-threatening medical emergencies in the waiting room have prompted the state to put together a work group of hospital leaders, safety advocates and lawmakers to find a fix. Katie Shepherd, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2024 After being wheeled in, Cook sat in the waiting room for 45 minutes, gushing fluid onto the floor. Nadine El-Bawab, ABC News, 16 Dec. 2023 Her grandparents were in the waiting room and eventually took her home to look after her younger sister. Patrick Rucker, ProPublica, 15 Dec. 2023 Campbell and his somber colleagues gathered in the waiting room and posed for a photograph. Amy Pedulla, STAT, 14 Dec. 2023 On the fourth day, my wife said the doctor came into the waiting room and told her the bleeding had stopped and gave her the thumbs up. Kyle Eustice, SPIN, 12 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1683, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of waiting room was in 1683

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“Waiting room.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waiting%20room. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

waiting room

: a room or area (as in a doctor's office) for the use of persons (as patients) waiting

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