Definition of sudatorium in English:



  • A room, especially in ancient Roman times, used for hot-air or steam baths.

    • ‘The use of steam baths; or saunas; for therapeutic purposes in the treatment of various conditions and illnesses, as well as for religious purification, personal cleanliness, and private or social relaxation dates from at least the time of ancient Rome, where the sudatoria or laconica (steam rooms) are known to have existed at around 3 B.C’
    • ‘Taking a bath was a rite with precise rules: one began with sweating in a small overheated room, the sudatorium, then passed under a hot shower with the jets in the caldarium.’
    • ‘This comprised two heated chambers with their hypercaust systems, rooms G & F on the above plan, two cold plunge baths, H & M, a further heated room, K (sweating room or sudatorium), with its own separate stoke room, N.’
    • ‘The frigidarium had a pool and changing rooms; the caldarium contained a washing area and a sudatorium (sweating area); and the tepidarium was used primarily as a room for relaxing.’
    • ‘What is the significance for us of the saint who sang divine praises in the sudatorium that was being used as her torture chamber?’
    • ‘During ancient times, the complex was probably articulated on three levels: the first one currently submerged, the second one, partly still visible and including the sudatorium and the third one, whose left traces are on the slopes of the hill.’
    • ‘C was probably a combined cooling and dressing-room, with a seat in its alcove; D, the tepidarium; E, the caldarium; and F, a specially hot room or sudatorium.’
    • ‘The bathhouse would have contained a games room, sauna (sudatoria) and bathing halls and was built in AD 75.’
    • ‘The sudatoria, or steam room, was a popular haunt in the public baths of ancient Rome.’
    • ‘Room D was a tepidarium, room B a sudatorium, later extended with an apse containing a basin.’
    • ‘In Rome, ‘sudatoria’ or steam rooms made up one section of the bathhouses, which also incorporated eating, talking, gambling and sports.’
    • ‘The Forum Baths, which adjoin the temple precinct, are largely traditional in layout, comprising a cold room and two hot rooms (sudatorium, caldarium), plus an open-air pool with a sunbathing facility (solarium).’
    • ‘Next to the largest room was a sweat-room (sudatorium) or bath.’
    • ‘As with all fashionable bath houses, it consisted of the four large rooms of the tepidarium, sudatorium, apoditerium and frigidarium (warm room, sweating room, dressing room and cold room respectively).’
    • ‘In back are the cold room, hot and dry room, or sweatbath (sudatorium), and tepidaria or warm rooms.’
    • ‘Without stoves or chimneys, a blazing central fire was the simplest way to convert a men's club into a sudatorium.’
    • ‘Bathing itself - a progression through a sauna area (sudatorium) to a cool swimming pool - culminated in a massage room, the walls of which were lined with glass flasks containing all kinds of heavily perfumed oils.’
    • ‘In the far right hand corner is the laconicum or sudatorium, a circular room which served as a sauna.’
    • ‘The history of the sudatorium goes back to the ancient Greeks.’


Latin, neuter of sudatorius, from sudare ‘to sweat’.