One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person occupying the same room as another.
- ‘We were room-mates during my formative years in international cricket.’
- ‘Today, her old college room-mate Jess was coming to live with her.’
- ‘There was a major improvement to her college living conditions this semester; she and Leah were now room-mates.’
- ‘His room-mate was not in the room at the moment, which made him glad.’
- ‘If your room-mate snores, ear plugs are the answer.’
- 1.1North American A person occupying the same flat or house as another.
friend, companion, boon companion, comrade, intimate, familiar, confidant, alter ego, second selfView synonyms
- ‘For the last two years they have been room-mates in the same house.’
- ‘We haven't been room-mates for nine years, and it wasn't even in this flat!’
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