Definition of lounge in English:



  • Lie, sit, or stand in a relaxed or lazy way.

    ‘several students were lounging about reading papers’
    • ‘You don't really need much of a nap when you're lounging in the sun all afternoon.’
    • ‘Sitting at a settee, Geneva lounged on it luxuriously while Margaret found the letter.’
    • ‘Yesterday I got up gloriously late, lounged about in the garden refusing to talk much while I read in the sun and planned some garden tidying.’
    • ‘It's been a day for idleness, for loafing about, for lounging, dozing, snacking and dozing some more.’
    • ‘Rita was lounging in a poolside chair in a small bikini, trying to improve her tan.’
    • ‘Around him, lounging on beds and chairs, are about a dozen men, most of them armed.’
    • ‘Drew, Cameron and Justin lounged around on the boat and ate with friends.’
    • ‘When you get there, a jazz group is quietly playing Scott Joplin to an appreciative audience lounging on the grass.’
    • ‘Workmen sit outside in helmets and luminous jackets, lounging in the sun before returning to work.’
    • ‘One is folding shirts, the other is lounging by the counter, looking detached and very handsome.’
    • ‘The gas logs blazed as I lounged in my recliner and watched television with the beeper on the table.’
    • ‘Ben felt as refreshed as though he'd spent the entire time lounging on a riverbank.’
    • ‘There were always crazy hangers-on lounging around, but the people who worked with Andy formed a tight circle.’
    • ‘He lounged around as the other students slaved away over homework and woke up early to attend classes.’
    • ‘Sarah, who had been lounging lazily on a large rock, now opened a single golden eye.’
    • ‘People lounged under the tall eucalyptus trees to keep out of the sun, and few ventured out onto the pond in the small boats for rent.’
    • ‘My partner is off today, no doubt lounging around with a leisurely breakfast before having a relaxing day.’
    • ‘Damien lounged on a leather armchair, one leg resting on his other knee.’
    • ‘She looked away and her eye caught a man lounging in the corner, looking alone and forlorn.’
    • ‘I saw a plane the other day as I lounged around my roof-terrace on a golden, chill autumn morning.’
    laze, lie, loll, lie back, lean back, recline, stretch oneself, drape oneself, relax, rest, repose, take it easy, put one's feet up, unwind, luxuriate
    sprawl, slump, slouch, flop
    loaf, idle, do nothing
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  • 1A public room in a hotel, theatre, or club in which to sit and relax.

    ‘the hotel has a pleasant lounge and bar’
    ‘a TV lounge’
    • ‘The premises comprises a restaurant/dining room, public bar and lounge and a private function area.’
    • ‘Two girls worked in the library, one in the club office, and the rest were spread out in the preparation room and the club lounge, where there was an icecream counter.’
    • ‘A few months ago, I was relaxing in the coffee lounge of a large hotel after an anniversary dinner with my wife.’
    • ‘San Francisco also has varied nightlife ranging from bars to lounges to clubs.’
    • ‘The first floor would be used for training and the ground floor would have an assembly room, lounge and refreshment bar.’
    • ‘Plush lounges and hotel bars are de rigueur in NYC for evening entertaining.’
    • ‘And in the meantime, Bill, John and Seamus will continue to travel the winding roads of the province providing top dancing sounds in the lounges, halls and hotels around the region.’
    • ‘In addition to a bar / lounge and dining room, it has 40 guest bedrooms.’
    • ‘The ground floor of the complex will contain a spa, while the second floor will house a conference centre, a club room, and lounge.’
    • ‘The clubhouse and an adjacent conference centre now include en suite bedrooms, bars, lounges, restaurants and function rooms.’
    • ‘The Imperial Hotel, which was refurbished recently, is graded two star and has bars, a lounge and function rooms.’
    • ‘After supping our drinks and relaxing in the lounge we were taken into the restaurant.’
    • ‘Discos, jazz clubs, piano lounges, pubs and wine bars are amongst a whole host of nightlife options that await visitors when dusk falls.’
    • ‘Modern developments have encouraged the formation of professional troupes, who perform on public occasions, at international festivals, and in theaters and hotel lounges.’
    • ‘Discussions are still taking place as to whether the new meeting room will be a bookable room or a lounge exclusively for campus clubs.’
    • ‘You stay in nice hotels and walk around in the same locker rooms and lounges as the top players.’
    • ‘The first and second floors host ten en-suite bedrooms, a guest lounge and dining room with its own kitchen facilities.’
    • ‘The hotel will feature meeting rooms, a restaurant and lounge, hotel bar, function rooms and a leisure centre.’
    • ‘Some club owners like to keep the locker rooms or lounges free of music so that members can more easily visit or relax.’
    • ‘The proposal is for a 23-bedroomed hotel with a function room, bar and lounge, cold room and storage.’
    public room, sitting room, common room
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    1. 1.1A seating area in an airport for waiting passengers.
      ‘the departure lounge’
      • ‘So, like many writers before me, I'm writing my column in the departure lounge of an airport looking at the board which says ‘Delayed’.’
      • ‘As we sat in the departure lounge at the airport there was a national moment of silence to honor the dead.’
      • ‘These will be placed in high footfall areas like airport lounges, shopping malls and large retail chains, and will stock over 600 fast-moving models.’
      • ‘Airport frequent-flier lounges - once the exclusive bastions of relief for elite fliers - are becoming increasingly available to the rest of us.’
      • ‘The perks, bonus miles, airport lounges and roomier seats were all geared for the airlines' best customers.’
      • ‘The passengers were kept in the airport lounge and given lunch and drinks while they waited to re-board.’
      • ‘A witness said the man first came to the attention of other passengers in the departure lounge.’
      • ‘There I was minding my own business in the departure lounge at Bristol airport.’
      • ‘Passengers would also be able to use each airline's airport lounges.’
      • ‘"Our plan is to provide more space at the airport lounges especially for international passengers.’
      • ‘When you wait in the departure lounge at an airport you at least get a comfy chair.’
      • ‘In addition, the passenger lounge and children's play area will be redesigned and all new seats will be added.’
      • ‘I have also scheduled business meetings and presentations at airline lounges all over the world while awaiting a connection.’
      • ‘In the airport lounge, I log on to the Net to see what is happening back home.’
      • ‘He had passed through check-in and passport control without any problems and was waiting in the smoking area of the departure lounge.’
      • ‘As late as Sunday there were still only about 80 percent of flights operating, with thousands of passengers waiting in the airport lounges.’
      • ‘A few years ago I was in a departure lounge at Logan Airport, waiting for my flight to San Francisco to board.’
      • ‘Then passengers began to walk into the airport lounge.’
      • ‘A private elevator takes passengers to the departure lounge to board.’
      • ‘I'm sitting here in the departure lounge at Canberra airport.’
    2. 1.2British A sitting room in a house.
      • ‘The blaze, caused by a discarded cigarette, started in the lounge while the family was sleeping.’
      • ‘On the ground floor there is a lounge, sitting room, dining room and kitchen.’
      • ‘Police are treating as suspicious a blaze which wrecked the lounge of a house in Bedford.’
      • ‘She found him sitting in the lounge, staring moodily off into space.’
      • ‘We share a kitchen, bathroom and lounge with other tenants in the house.’
      • ‘Across the hall, a wooden staircase leads down to the interconnecting lounge and dining room.’
      • ‘In five days, we'll have a proper house with a proper lounge and a proper kitchen.’
      • ‘He made his way into our house and found the lounge and sat down.’
      • ‘The house has a lounge, kitchen/dining room, conservatory and three bedrooms.’
      • ‘All of the ground floor is a single apartment, with four bedrooms, lounge, sitting room, dining room and kitchen.’
      • ‘The house has a lounge / family room, kitchen cum dining room, sitting room, four bedrooms, a utility room and a bathroom.’
      • ‘Each has two bedrooms, a lounge, a dining room and a kitchen, and they stand in a decent area of garden.’
      • ‘Paramedics turned up at the house and found her body in the lounge partially covered by a blanket.’
      • ‘An office, a dining room, a lounge and a kitchen are also on the same level.’
      • ‘Steve showed me through to the lounge and I recall thinking how beautiful their house was.’
      • ‘The house has a lounge, kitchen, dining room, two bedrooms, a bathroom and conservatory.’
      • ‘First there was the lounge / sittingroom in the Victorian style.’
      • ‘The first reception room, the lounge, is to the right of the entrance hall.’
      • ‘Firemen say it may have been started by candles which were left burning in the lounge of the semi-detached house.’
      • ‘He slipped into Carolyn's house and met her in the lounge.’
      living room, sitting room, parlour, front room, drawing room, morning room, reception room, salon, family room
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  • 2British [in singular] An act or spell of lounging.

    • ‘I had Tuesday off of work and decided to have a lounge about.’
    • ‘But they were letting you go inside, so Howie and I jumped and had a lounge around.’
    • ‘I'm personally having a lounge around the house day, and I'm looking forward to it.’
    • ‘As he was working until the evening, I had a lounge around by the pool.’
    • ‘But, I had a lounge about with a glass of wine.’
    • ‘I feel like having a lounge around day.’
    • ‘Although this definitely has a lounge around feel, there's plenty to keep you busy with pool tables and live music upstairs.’


Early 16th century (in the sense ‘move indolently’): perhaps symbolic of slow movement. Sense 1 of the noun dates from the late 19th century.