A room is a space in a house or building that's usually enclosed with walls. Your favorite room in your house might be the den where the TV is, or the cozy kitchen.

There's the physical area called a room, and then there's the concept of room, which can mean "space" or "opportunity." If you have room in your life for a puppy, it means you can make the time to walk it and feed it and play with it. If you have room in your bedroom for a puppy, it means you have the physical space you need for a dog bed.

Primary Meanings of room

an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling
live and take one's meals at or in
Full Definitions of room

n an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling

“the rooms were very small but they had a nice view”
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anechoic chamber
a chamber having very little reverberation
antechamber, anteroom, entrance hall, foyer, hall, lobby, vestibule
a large entrance or reception room or area
back room
a room located in the rear of an establishment; usually accessible only to privileged groups
ballroom, dance hall, dance palace
large room used mainly for dancing
bar, barroom, ginmill, saloon, taproom
a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter
bath, bathroom
a room (as in a residence) containing a bathtub or shower and usually a washbasin and toilet
bedchamber, bedroom, chamber, sleeping accommodation, sleeping room
a room used primarily for sleeping
a room (often at the top of a tower) where bells are hung
billiard hall, billiard parlor, billiard parlour, billiard room, billiard saloon
a room in which billiards is played
boardroom, council chamber
a room where a committee meets (such as the board of directors of a company)
a room for gambling on card games
cell, jail cell, prison cell
a room where a prisoner is kept
cell, cubicle
small room in which a monk or nun lives
a room where a judge transacts business
checkroom, left-luggage office
a room where baggage or parcels are checked
classroom, schoolroom
a room in a school where lessons take place
clean room, white room
a room that is virtually free of dust or bacteria; used in laboratory work and in assembly or repair of precision equipment
cloakroom, coatroom
a room where coats and other articles can be left temporarily
a small private room for study or prayer
a room used for the activities of a club
a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area
conference room
a room in which a conference can be held
control room
a room housing control equipment (as in a recording studio)
court, courtroom
a room in which a lawcourt sits
cubby, cubbyhole, snug, snuggery
a small secluded room
cutting room
a room where films or tapes are edited (by cutting out unwanted parts)
a room in which photographs are developed
a room that is comfortable and secluded
a small area off of a kitchen that is used for dining
dining room, dining-room
a room used for dining
a room that is entered via a door
dressing room
a room in which you can change clothes
the room in the palace of a native prince of India in which audiences and receptions occur
engine room, engineering
a room (as on a ship) in which the engine is located
floor, trading floor
a large room in a exchange where the trading is done
furnace room
a room (usually in the basement of a building) that contains a furnace for heating the building
a long usually narrow room used for some specific purpose
art gallery, gallery, picture gallery
a room or series of rooms where works of art are exhibited
a backstage room in a theater where performers rest or have visitors
a room used by soldiers on guard
a large room for gatherings or entertainment
hospital room
a room in a hospital for the care of patients
a room equipped for preparing meals
a room where books are kept
front room, living room, living-room, parlor, parlour, sitting room
a room in a private house or establishment where people can sit and talk and relax
locker room
a room (as at an athletic facility or workplace) where you can change clothes and which contains lockers for the temporary storage of your clothing and personal possessions
lounge, waiting area, waiting room
a room (as in a hotel or airport) with seating where people can wait
hall, manor hall
the large room of a manor or castle
a room with pool tables where pool is played
presence chamber
room in which a monarch or other great person receives guests, assemblies, etc.
a small dirty uncomfortable room
reading room
a room set aside for reading
reception room
a room for receiving and entertaining visitors (as in a private house or hotel)
rec room, recreation room
a room equipped for informal entertaining
a large circular room
a room in a monastery that is set aside for writing or copying manuscripts
a small room (in large old British houses) next to the kitchen; where kitchen utensils are cleaned and kept and other rough household jobs are done
sewing room
a room set aside for sewing
shipping room
a room where goods are packaged and shipped
shower room
a room with several showers
sick berth, sickbay
(nautical) a room for the treatment of the sick or injured (as on a ship)
a room to which a sick person is confined
smoking room
room in a hotel or club set apart for smokers
squad room
a room in a barracks where soldiers are billeted
squad room
a room in a police station where members of the force assemble for roll call and duty assignments
steam bath, steam room, vapor bath, vapour bath
a room that can be filled with steam in which people bathe; `vapour bath' is a British term
storage room, storeroom, stowage
a room in which things are stored
a room used for reading and writing and studying
solarium, sun lounge, sun parlor, sun parlour, sun porch, sunporch, sunroom
a room enclosed largely with glass and affording exposure to the sun
a room where a doctor or dentist can be consulted
television room, tv room
a room set aside for viewing television
test room, testing room
a room in which tests are conducted
bathroom, can, john, lav, lavatory, privy, toilet
a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
torture chamber
a room in which torture is inflicted
sacristy, vestry
a room in a church where sacred vessels and vestments are kept or meetings are held
a small room large enough to admit entrance
war room
a room where strategic decisions are made (especially for military or political campaigns)
room where work is done
barrelhouse, honky-tonk
a cheap drinking and dancing establishment
a compartment in an aircraft used for some specific purpose
a compartment on a ship between decks; often used as a hospital
beer hall
a hall or barroom featuring beer and (usually) entertainment
booth, cubicle, kiosk, stall
small area set off by walls for special use
a lady's bedroom or private sitting room
separate partitioned area in a public place for a few people
box, loge
private area in a theater or grandstand where a small group can watch the performance
bullpen, detention cell, detention centre
a large cell where prisoners (people awaiting trial or sentence or refugees or illegal immigrants) are confined together temporarily
a compartment at the front of a motor vehicle or locomotive where driver sits
the enclosed compartment of an aircraft or spacecraft where passengers are carried
small room on a ship or boat where people sleep
cabinet, locker, storage locker
a storage compartment for clothes and valuables; usually it has a lock
cable car, car
a conveyance for passengers or freight on a cable railway
a recreation room in an institution
car, elevator car
where passengers ride up and down
car, gondola
the compartment that is suspended from an airship and that carries personnel and the cargo and the power plant
a storeroom where candles are kept
child's room
a bedroom for a child
a private lounge off of a legislative chamber
compartment where the pilot sits while flying the aircraft
cocktail lounge
a barroom in a hotel or restaurant where cocktails are served
common room
a sitting room (usually at school or university)
concert hall
a hall where concerts are given
cooler, tank
a cell for violent prisoners
a compartment on a European passenger train; contains 4 to 6 berths for sleeping
departure lounge
lounge where passengers can await departure
a large room at a college or university; used especially for dining
disco, discotheque
a public dance hall for dancing to recorded popular music
divan, diwan
a Muslim council chamber or law court
dorm room, dormitory, dormitory room
a large sleeping room containing several beds
drawing room, withdrawing room
a formal room where visitors can be received and entertained
drawing room
a private compartment on a sleeping car with three bunks and a toilet
a dark cell (usually underground) where prisoners can be confined
ER, emergency room
a room in a hospital or clinic staffed and equipped to provide emergency care to persons requiring immediate medical treatment
exhibition area, exhibition hall
a large hall for holding exhibitions
family room
a recreation room in a private house
the legislative hall where members debate and vote and conduct other business
caboose, cookhouse, galley, ship's galley
the area for food preparation on a ship
the kitchen area for food preparation on an airliner
glove compartment
compartment on the dashboard of a car
great hall
the principal hall in a castle or mansion; can be used for dining or entertainment
a cell in which soldiers who are prisoners are confined
a bedroom that is kept for the use of guests
(nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship
hold, keep
a cell in a jail or prison
home room, homeroom
a classroom in which all students in a particular grade (or in a division of a grade) meet at certain times under the supervision of a teacher who takes attendance and does other administrative business
hotel room
a bedroom (usually with bath) in a hotel
small kitchen
laminar flow clean room
a clean room free of all extraneous particles; used in fabricating microprocessors
lecture room
classroom where lectures are given
automobile trunk, luggage compartment, trunk
compartment in an automobile that carries luggage or shopping or tools
lumber room
a storeroom in a house where odds and ends can be stored (especially furniture)
master bedroom
the principal bedroom in a house; usually occupied by the head of the household
mess, mess hall
a (large) military dining room where service personnel eat or relax
detachable compartment of a spacecraft
morning room
a sitting room used during the daylight hours
motel room
a sleeping room in a motel
a vestibule leading to the nave of a church
a reading room (in a library or club) where newspapers and other periodicals can be read
OR, operating room, operating theater, operating theatre, surgery
a room in a hospital equipped for the performance of surgical operations
buttery, larder, pantry
a small storeroom for storing foods or wines
parlor, parlour
reception room in an inn or club where visitors can be received
pilothouse, wheelhouse
an enclosed compartment from which a vessel can be navigated
comfort station, convenience, public convenience, public lavatory, public toilet, restroom, toilet facility, wash room
a toilet that is available to the public
recovery room
a hospital room for the care of patients immediately after surgery
a small private compartment for one on a sleeping car
game room, playroom, rumpus room
a recreation room for noisy activities (parties or children's play etc)
elegant sitting room where guests are received
gallery where works of art can be displayed
sauna, sweat room
a Finnish steam bath; steam is produced by pouring water over heated rocks
sawdust saloon
a saloon whose floor is covered with sawdust
(during prohibition) an illegal barroom
a compartment in a stable where a single animal is confined and fed
stock room, stockroom
storeroom for storing goods and supplies used in a business
a burglarproof and fireproof room in which valuables are kept
study hall
a classroom reserved for study
small or narrow cell
a dining room (especially a dining room containing a dining table with couches along three sides)
Turkish bath
a steam room where facilities are available for a bath followed by a shower and massage
a lavatory (particularly a lavatory in a public place)
W.C., closet, loo, water closet
a toilet in Britain
an enclosed compartment in a ship or plane for holding something as e.g. fish or a plane's landing gear or for protecting something as e.g. a ship's pumps
Type of:
a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function

n the people who are present in a room

“the whole room was cheering”
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assemblage, gathering
a group of persons together in one place

n space for movement

room to pass”
elbow room, way
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seating, seating area, seating room, seats
an area that includes places where several people can sit
standing room
room for passengers or spectators to stand
breathing room, breathing space
sufficient room for easy breathing or movement
clearance, headroom, headway
vertical space available to allow easy passage under something
space for accommodation in a house
lebensraum, living space
space sought for occupation by a nation whose population is expanding
space in which vehicles can be parked
sea room
space for maneuver at sea
circle, dress circle
a curved section or tier of seats in a hall or theater or opera house; usually the first tier above the orchestra
seating on the main floor in a theater
seating on the main floor between the orchestra and the parquet circle
parquet circle, parterre
seating at the rear of the main floor (beneath the balconies)
ringside, ringside seat
first row of seating; has an unobstructed view of a boxing or wrestling ring
seating in the forward part of the main level of a theater
tiered seat
seating that is arranged in sloping tiers so that spectators in the back can see over the heads of those in front
Type of:
position, spatial relation
the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated

n opportunity for

room for improvement”
Type of:
chance, opportunity
a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances

v live and take one's meals at or in

“she rooms in an old boarding house”
Type of:
dwell, inhabit, live, populate
inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of

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