One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A room used for social purposes by fellows, lecturers, and other senior members of a college.
university teacher, lecturer, university lecturer, fellow, professor, reader, lector, college tutor, academic, scholarView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘After the dining hall, high table moved to the senior common room upstairs.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1treated as singular or plural The senior members of a college regarded collectively.
- ‘That could prove interesting in the senior common rooms.’
- ‘Teeth gnashed in senior common rooms: could the university not support one expert in Sogdian?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Students and members of the senior common room get a discount so wouldn't have paid £3.65 for a main course.’
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