Definition of common room in US English:

common room


  • A room in a school, college, or other institution for use of students or staff outside teaching hours.

    • ‘He moved against the wall and slipped down into the common room where some students were quietly studying.’
    • ‘The bell signals dinner at six, and all students have to be back in the common rooms by nine; the bell rings then, as well.’
    • ‘The 1,800-student Putney school would have new classrooms, study space and common rooms for the 250 sixth-formers.’
    • ‘The 18th Century building is currently being used as a library and common room by Green College.’
    • ‘I next saw him in the common room, between lessons.’
    • ‘Outside near the diner, they have removed all the benches in a bid to get students into the fabulous common room.’
    • ‘They are a lot like my recollections of sitting with friends in the common room in college and reading the the newspaper.’
    • ‘The anticipated space crisis spurred a plan to reclaim all existing classroom space, including those without windows, to free up some administration space, to reduce the space held by staff, and finally to eliminate common rooms.’
    • ‘He was speaking at Harvard, in a common room, to about 20 students.’
    • ‘Sixth-formers will benefit as well with new accommodation, including a common room, study area and courtyard.’
    • ‘Anyway… we went to the common room and watched the television for an hour then headed up to the Dining hall for supper.’
    • ‘They were in the common room, which was basically a big living room where most students hung out.’
    • ‘The couple's romance began back in the common room of Basildon College.’
    • ‘The bell had rung but I just sat on one of the chairs outside the common room as I thought about the real reason Chase and I had broken up.’
    • ‘I got annoyed at my assignment at about 6pm so i went to the common room and fell asleep for 2 hours.’
    • ‘I myself watched the 1983 World Cup final in a college common room in Calcutta.’
    • ‘The pointed building to left of the entrance is the pupils' common room.’
    • ‘The common room sat in the middle, the brightly coloured furniture off-setting the white walls.’
    • ‘I sat in the common room outside his office, having tea and talking to some of his post-doctoral students.’
    • ‘For the next two hours, until tea is served in the common room, the Hollywood actress asks the Cambridge professor question after question.’
    sitting room, lounge, parlour, front room, drawing room, morning room, reception room, salon, family room
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common room

/ˈkɑmən ˌrum/