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[klohk-room, -roo m] /ˈkloʊkˌrum, -ˌrʊm/
a room in which outer garments, hats, umbrellas, etc., may be left temporarily, as in a club, restaurant, etc.; checkroom.
a room adjacent to a legislative chamber or legislative room, where legislators may leave their coats, relax, or engage in informal conversation.
  1. a bathroom; a public rest room.
  2. a baggage room, as at a railway station, where packages and luggage may be left temporarily or checked through to one's destination.
Origin of cloakroom
1850-55; cloak + room Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Frankfort did so, found some luggage in the cloakroom, and among them shirts with the name of a London maker.

    Scotland Yard George Dilnot
  • The hall of the chancellory had been transformed into a cloakroom and there the crowd was thickest.

    A Royal Prisoner Pierre Souvestre
  • I only remember like in a dream my getting to the cloakroom.

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
  • "This way, lady," says I, and when she pikes right by and heads for the cloakroom I almost has a fit.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • She tackled Opal in the cloakroom when the latter was tying her shoe-laces.

    A Fortunate Term Angela Brazil
  • She must have left them down in the cloakroom after morning walk.

    Judy of York Hill Ethel Hume Patterson Bennett
  • On Wednesday Calla greeted her in the cloakroom and drew her aside.

    Loyal to the School Angela Brazil
  • He has got such a lot of meddles he has to leave most of them in the cloakroom.

  • As she opened the cloakroom door the harsh voice again sounded more loudly than before.

British Dictionary definitions for cloakroom


/ˈkləʊkˌruːm; -ˌrʊm/
a room in which hats, coats, luggage, etc, may be temporarily deposited
(Brit) a euphemistic word for lavatory
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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