chat room

noun Digital Technology.
a branch of a computer network in which participants can engage in real-time discussions with one another (group chat) See also chat ( def 4 ).
Also, chatroom [chat-room, ‐room] .
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chatroom (ˈtʃætˌruːm, -ˌrʊm)
 
n
a site on the internet, or another computer network, where users have group discussions by electronic mail, typically about one subject

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chat room
by 1994, from chat + room. From the days when AOL dominated the Internet.
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chat room definition


A service provided by certain ISPs that allows a group of people to communicate with each other by typing at their keyboards.

Note: Chat rooms can facilitate free-flowing conversations ranging from a discussion about pop music to friendly banter.
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Never provide your personal information to strangers in a chatroom.
Virtual training programs and chatroom support groups.
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