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 (ro͞om, ro͝om)
1. A space that is or may be occupied: That easy chair takes up too much room.
a. An area separated by walls or partitions from other similar parts of the structure or building in which it is located: the first room on the left; an unpainted room.
b. The people present in such an area: The whole room laughed.
3. rooms Living quarters; lodgings.
4. Suitable opportunity or scope: room for doubt.
intr.v. roomed, room·ing, rooms
To occupy a room; lodge.

[Middle English roum, from Old English rūm; see reuə- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: room, elbowroom, latitude, leeway, margin, scope
These nouns denote adequate allowance or opportunity for freedom of action: room for improvement; needed elbowroom to negotiate effectively; no latitude allowed in conduct; allowed the chef leeway in choosing the menu; no margin for error; permitting their talents free scope.


  • pied-a-terre - A small town house or rooms used for short residences (1829), from French "foot on the ground."
  • party wall - A wall common to two adjoining buildings or rooms.
  • lobby - One of its early meanings was "monastic cloister," from Latin lobia, "covered way," before it came to mean the passage or waiting area between rooms in a building.
  • enfilade - A suite of rooms with doorways in line with each other—or a vista between rows of trees.




  1. [An office] almost as severe as the cell of some medieval monk —J. D. McClatchy
  2. Bathroom, mirrored like a discotheque —Diane Ackerman
  3. Bedroom … large as a football field and as cold —John Le Carre
  4. Black bedroom with mirrors … looks like a wet dream from Walt Disney —Richard North Patterson
  5. The blue and white room was … cold and hollow as an October mist —M. J. Farrell
  6. The cramped space of the vestibule felt like the inside of a hooded cage —Kenzaburo Oë
  7. [Small room] done up in moist red velvet, like the interior of a womb —Angela Carter
  8. Dusty [a windowsill] as a literal Sahara —Tom Robbins
  9. Entry hall … as impersonal as a hotel lounge —John Braine
  10. Everything in the room was yellow … it was a bit like having swallowed by a butterfly —Pat M. Esslinger-Carr
  11. [Wooden] floors as blonde as a movie star’s hair —William Hamilton, National Public Radio, “Morning Edition,” April 15, 1987
  12. The floor [of room set aside for dancing] gleamed like egg yolk —Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
  13. A hall that was cool and vaulted like a cloister —Ross Macdonald
  14. (The little den was now) hideous as a torture-chamber —Stephen Crane
  15. It [a room] is like a monastic cell —V. S. Pritchett
  16. The living room was spacious and divided like Gaul into three parts —John Cheever
  17. Oak floors shone like brown glass —Rebecca West
  18. On the ceiling the reflection of the waves of the bay outside flickered on and on like conversation —Kate Grenville
  19. The paint [on ceiling of room] peeling like the surface of the moon —Jilly Cooper
  20. (In my gray) room, bare as a barn —Randall Jarrell
  21. Room [small and narrow] … friendly as Death Row —Gavin Lyall
  22. The room glows like a field of forget-me-nots in the high country —Patricia Henley
  23. A room is like a cast-off shoe, which holds the shape of its owner’s unique foot —Paul Theroux
  24. Room … like a cell, except that there were no bars over the one small window —Dashiell Hammett
  25. Room like a cupboard —Katherine Mansfield
  26. The room [at a Howard Johnson’s motel] … sat like a young bride … wanting only to please you —Max Apple
  27. The room was as hot as the inside of a pig’s stomach —Madison Smartt Bell

    See Also: HEAT

  28. The room was as quiet and empty as a chapel —Wallace Stegner

    See Also: SILENCE

  29. The room was filled like a pool with darkness —Josephine Jacobson
  30. The [empty] room was like a fowl plucked clean —Jean Stafford
  31. Room … with nothing actually matching anything else but everything living happily together, like the random sowing of flowers —Rosamund Pilcher
  32. Study … like the returned-letter department of a post office, with stacks of paper everywhere, bills paid and unpaid, letters answered and unanswered, tax returns, pamphlets, leaflets. If by mistake we left the door open on a windy day, we came back to find papers flapping through the air like frightened birds —Mary Lavin
  33. Twilight came drifting into the room like a shimmering cloud of powdered glass —Natascha Wodin
  34. Walls white like a physician’s consultation room —W. D. Snodgrass
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rooms - apartment consisting of a series of connected rooms used as a living unit (as in a hotel)rooms - apartment consisting of a series of connected rooms used as a living unit (as in a hotel)
apartment, flat - a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house
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(ruːm (in compounds rum) , ((American) ru:m)) noun
1. one part of a house or building, usually used for a particular purpose. This house has six rooms; a bedroom; a dining-room.
2. the space or area in which a person, thing etc is or could be put etc. The bed takes up a lot of room; There's no room for you in our car; We'll move the bookcase to make room for the television.
3. a need or possibility (for something). There is room for improvement in his work.
a four-roomed house.
ˈroomful noun
He didn't feel like facing a roomful of people.
rooms noun plural
a set of rented rooms for living in.
ˈroomy adjective
having plenty of room. roomy cupboards.
ˈroom-mate noun
a person who shares a room with another person eg in a hostel for students etc.
References in classic literature ?
asked Ned, as they went up to their rooms in the hotel, or rather one large room, containing several beds.
Both rooms were plastered and whitewashed--the plaster laid directly upon the earth walls, as it used to be in dugouts.
There was to be an addition--a small snuggery; there was to be frescoing, and hardwood flooring was to be put into such rooms as had not yet been subjected to this improvement.
Then do let us go downstairs," I said, "there are such pretty rooms there.
There'll be two rooms, one for the girls and the other for the old man.
The many lattices, with their small, diamond-shaped panes, admitted the sunlight into hall and chamber, while, nevertheless, the second story, projecting far over the base, and itself retiring beneath the third, threw a shadowy and thoughtful gloom into the lower rooms.
More frequently, however, on ascending the steps, you would discern -- in the entry if it were summer time, or in their appropriate rooms if wintry or inclement weathers row of venerable figures, sitting in old-fashioned chairs, which were tipped on their hind legs back against the wall.
There were empty rooms at Bly, and it was only a question of choosing the right one.
Ever since young Stiggs coming from that unfort'nt v'y'ge of his, when he was gone four years and a half, with only three barrels of ile, was found dead in my first floor back, with his harpoon in his side; ever since then I allow no boarders to take sich dangerous weepons in their rooms at night.
In his manhood he worked in a cotton mill, but then a coughing fell upon him, and he had to leave; out in the country the trouble disappeared, but he has been working in the pickle rooms at Durham's, and the breathing of the cold, damp air all day has brought it back.
And Jo shook the blue army sock till the needles rattled like castanets, and her ball bounded across the room.
The car- penter, who had been a soldier in the Civil War, came into the writer's room and sat down to talk of building a platform for the purpose of raising the bed.