Definition of senior common room in English:

senior common room


  • 1A room used for social purposes by fellows, lecturers, and other senior members of a college.

    • ‘We also had a sneaking admiration for him because he used to have lunch in the student canteen rather than go upstairs to the senior common room where all the other teachers went.’
    • ‘Tripping over a rug in the Christ's College senior common room, I rose to find myself face to face with Harold Macmillan's whiskers.’
    • ‘Some time in my first year on the LSE staff, I ran into Harry in the senior common room and he reminded me of the point I had made to him about Viner's trade diversion when we had first met.’
    • ‘You're supposed to sit around in the coffee shop or the senior common room, arguing long into the night about the significance of these devices.’
    • ‘After the dining hall, high table moved to the senior common room upstairs.’
    university teacher, fellow, professor, reader, lector, college tutor, academic, scholar
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    1. 1.1[treated as singular or plural]The senior members of a college regarded collectively.
      • ‘Students and members of the senior common room get a discount so wouldn't have paid £3.65 for a main course.’
      • ‘Teeth gnashed in senior common rooms: could the university not support one expert in Sogdian?’
      • ‘That could prove interesting in the senior common rooms.’
      • ‘Legend has it that he once decked an obnoxious colleague in the senior common room (something that many academics dream of, but usually don't have the nerve actually to do).’
      • ‘And then Anne Sayre in, I think, her American way misinterpreted the fact that women weren't allowed in the senior common room at Kings.’