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 Dentist Brandon Pierce told 10News that because of COVID-19 protocols, none of his patients were in the waiting room when the crash occurred. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 June 2021 The atmosphere in the waiting room is at once fearful and unsure. Terry Teachout, WSJ, 27 May 2021 While Rebecca is on the phone in the waiting room, Jack Pearson has a heart attack due to smoke inhalation complications and dies. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 26 May 2021 Meanwhile, Madison Hospital has restricted its waiting room at the emergency department to patients only. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 2 Dec. 2020 The recipients were then shown to a waiting room to wait 15 minutes to ensure there were no reactions to the shot. Steve Smith, courant.com, 25 Feb. 2021 Patients who are unstable or unable to be safely transferred to the waiting room or to a chair, need a bed in the emergency department to be transferred to. Alexandra Meeks And Christina Maxouris, CNN, 5 Jan. 2021 In response, the county has allowed certain types of ambulance patients to be offloaded into the waiting room instead of the emergency room. Los Angeles Times, 31 Dec. 2020 Her hospital has put more beds in the emergency room waiting room and in the hospital gift shop. Carter Evans, CBS News, 19 Dec. 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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18 Jun 2021

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“Waiting room.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waiting%20room. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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