Definition of flatmate in US English:



  • A person who shares a flat (apartment) with others.

    ‘my flatmate moved out a month ago’
    • ‘He disappeared just weeks before the attack was due to happen, telling flatmates he was going to London ‘to see a doctor’.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, in Fred's flat, he woke up when he saw his two flatmates, James and Billy, staring at him.’
    • ‘His flatmate helped to design it while another friend helped him to find the commercial deals that made the website profitable.’
    • ‘It didn't help that our flat was often party central, and my flatmates drank pretty much daily.’
    • ‘I then noticed my flatmate and a whole bunch of his friends pour into the pub.’
    • ‘I must find a way to get more money, a flatmate and a new flat.’
    • ‘The enthusiastic support of friends and flatmates falls on deaf ears.’
    • ‘Consider carefully whether these people are friends, or mere flatmates and acquaintances.’
    • ‘However, we're moving into a place together as friends and flatmates, for the purpose of improving our lives and lifestyles.’
    • ‘Serve with salad, crusty bread and Chardonnay to two appreciative flatmates.’
    • ‘Six weeks later he gets engaged to the flatmate of a friend of mine.’
    • ‘Next morning, the flatmates have to laugh at me because I'm sitting in my dressing gown, staring into space with the goofiest grin you can imagine.’
    • ‘If you're on incredibly intimate terms with your flatmates, get them to check for you.’
    • ‘She has also failed to contact flatmates in London.’
    • ‘I met my wife when I had a flat at Glasgow's waterfront and needed a flatmate to share.’
    • ‘The other morning one of my male flatmates was walking around the flat post-shower with just a towel around his waist.’
    • ‘My old flatmate and good friend Phil was Australian, so he wanted to take in a few shows at the Festival.’
    • ‘Now everyone knows who I have a ‘crush’ on, as my flatmates demanded his friends give me his number.’
    • ‘If I had better willpower, I could leave it in my fridge for my flatmate / friends.’
    • ‘Only one person out of my seven flatmates could cook, and he had spent his schooldays at boarding school.’
    friend, companion, boon companion, comrade, intimate, familiar, confidant, alter ego, second self
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