Definition of lounge in US English:



  • no object, with adverbial of place Lie, sit, or stand in a relaxed or lazy way.

    ‘several students were lounging about reading papers’
    • ‘Damien lounged on a leather armchair, one leg resting on his other knee.’
    • ‘He lounged around as the other students slaved away over homework and woke up early to attend classes.’
    • ‘It's been a day for idleness, for loafing about, for lounging, dozing, snacking and dozing some more.’
    • ‘You don't really need much of a nap when you're lounging in the sun all afternoon.’
    • ‘Workmen sit outside in helmets and luminous jackets, lounging in the sun before returning to work.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One is folding shirts, the other is lounging by the counter, looking detached and very handsome.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She looked away and her eye caught a man lounging in the corner, looking alone and forlorn.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were always crazy hangers-on lounging around, but the people who worked with Andy formed a tight circle.’
    • ‘Sitting at a settee, Geneva lounged on it luxuriously while Margaret found the letter.’
    • ‘Ben felt as refreshed as though he'd spent the entire time lounging on a riverbank.’
    • ‘Sarah, who had been lounging lazily on a large rock, now opened a single golden eye.’
    • ‘I saw a plane the other day as I lounged around my roof-terrace on a golden, chill autumn morning.’
    • ‘The gas logs blazed as I lounged in my recliner and watched television with the beeper on the table.’
    • ‘My partner is off today, no doubt lounging around with a leisurely breakfast before having a relaxing day.’
    • ‘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.’
    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
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  • 1A public room, as in a hotel, theater, or club, in which to sit and relax.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The proposal is for a 23-bedroomed hotel with a function room, bar and lounge, cold room and storage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The clubhouse and an adjacent conference centre now include en suite bedrooms, bars, lounges, restaurants and function rooms.’
    • ‘A few months ago, I was relaxing in the coffee lounge of a large hotel after an anniversary dinner with my wife.’
    • ‘The premises comprises a restaurant/dining room, public bar and lounge and a private function area.’
    • ‘The Imperial Hotel, which was refurbished recently, is graded two star and has bars, a lounge and function rooms.’
    • ‘The first and second floors host ten en-suite bedrooms, a guest lounge and dining room with its own kitchen facilities.’
    • ‘Modern developments have encouraged the formation of professional troupes, who perform on public occasions, at international festivals, and in theaters and hotel lounges.’
    • ‘Plush lounges and hotel bars are de rigueur in NYC for evening entertaining.’
    • ‘You stay in nice hotels and walk around in the same locker rooms and lounges as the top players.’
    • ‘The first floor would be used for training and the ground floor would have an assembly room, lounge and refreshment bar.’
    • ‘In addition to a bar / lounge and dining room, it has 40 guest bedrooms.’
    • ‘The hotel will feature meeting rooms, a restaurant and lounge, hotel bar, function rooms and a leisure centre.’
    • ‘Discussions are still taking place as to whether the new meeting room will be a bookable room or a lounge exclusively for campus clubs.’
    • ‘The ground floor of the complex will contain a spa, while the second floor will house a conference centre, a club room, and lounge.’
    • ‘San Francisco also has varied nightlife ranging from bars to lounges to clubs.’
    • ‘Some club owners like to keep the locker rooms or lounges free of music so that members can more easily visit or relax.’
    public room, sitting room, common room
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    1. 1.1 A spacious area in an airport with seats for waiting passengers.
      ‘the departure lounge’
      • ‘When you wait in the departure lounge at an airport you at least get a comfy chair.’
      • ‘I'm sitting here in the departure lounge at Canberra airport.’
      • ‘A private elevator takes passengers to the departure lounge to board.’
      • ‘Passengers would also be able to use each airline's airport lounges.’
      • ‘The perks, bonus miles, airport lounges and roomier seats were all geared for the airlines' best customers.’
      • ‘Airport frequent-flier lounges - once the exclusive bastions of relief for elite fliers - are becoming increasingly available to the rest of us.’
      • ‘In the airport lounge, I log on to the Net to see what is happening back home.’
      • ‘A few years ago I was in a departure lounge at Logan Airport, waiting for my flight to San Francisco to board.’
      • ‘In addition, the passenger lounge and children's play area will be redesigned and all new seats will be added.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘The passengers were kept in the airport lounge and given lunch and drinks while they waited to re-board.’
      • ‘As we sat in the departure lounge at the airport there was a national moment of silence to honor the dead.’
      • ‘As late as Sunday there were still only about 80 percent of flights operating, with thousands of passengers waiting in the airport lounges.’
      • ‘He had passed through check-in and passport control without any problems and was waiting in the smoking area of the departure lounge.’
      • ‘I have also scheduled business meetings and presentations at airline lounges all over the world while awaiting a connection.’
      • ‘Then passengers began to walk into the airport lounge.’
      • ‘There I was minding my own business in the departure lounge at Bristol airport.’
      • ‘"Our plan is to provide more space at the airport lounges especially for international passengers.’
      • ‘A witness said the man first came to the attention of other passengers in the departure lounge.’
    2. 1.2
      short for cocktail lounge
  • 2US A couch or sofa, especially a backless one having a headrest at one end.

    • ‘The parlor was adorned with a simple dark brown leather couch and lounge, a radio, and a coffee table.’
    • ‘The old doctor sat by the fireside, talking to his fair patient who was lying on the lounge.’
    • ‘She was lying on the lounge. She was very pale, but she looked up and smiled when Christine entered.’
    • ‘While couches and lounges decreased in popularity as the nineteenth century drew to a close, sofas became an essential item in every household, and the sofa bed became almost as ubiquitous.’


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