war room


: a room at a military headquarters where maps showing the current status of troops in battle are maintained
: a room (as at a business headquarters) used for conferences and planning that is often specially equipped (as with computers, or charts)

Examples of war room in a Sentence

the war room of the candidate's campaign headquarters
Recent Examples on the Web Rehearsing this level of detail in a war room exercise prepares the team to think it through and answer quickly. Ram Charan, Fortune, 7 May 2024 As touched on earlier, bringing all key stakeholders to a war room and agreeing on a common risk framework and language is the first step toward implementing a positive risk culture. Prasad Sabbineni, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 The room, with its huge round table and circular light fixture, very much resembles Ken Adam’s iconic war room set from the Cold War classic Dr. Strangelove. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 29 Feb. 2024 Ozai himself also looms large throughout the season, and Kim brings a regal, paternalistic malice to the role, stalking through war rooms and palace hallways with unsettling regality. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 22 Feb. 2024 On May 7, 1945, at close to 3:00 am, a representative of the Third Reich unilaterally surrendered to Lt. General Walter Smith on behalf of President Eisenhower, then to the allied nations, in a makeshift war room, the Reims Room, which before and after the war was a children's school. Rachel Elspeth Gross, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 The beds, the safe rooms and the central war room were torched. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2023 The TikTok account is an extension of the campaign’s digital war room. Makena Kelly, WIRED, 24 Feb. 2024 Garcia said after stepping out of a trailer near his farm that he’s converted into an anti-landfill war room plastered with maps and whiteboards scribbled with talking points. Tom Hays, Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of war room was in 1901

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“War room.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20room. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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