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common room

a room or lounge for informal use by all.
Origin of common room
1660-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I have gathered from him and the common-room some hideous stories of you and Jim.

    Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna
  • Nevertheless, December 25th he went down into the common-room.

  • There, in that common-room of the caf, deserted at this hour of mid-afternoon, the great man came to him.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Meanwhile Garnache placed them on duty in the common-room of the inn.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • The hostess led him into the common-room, and pointed out the Deputy.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • There were at the time a dozen guests or so in the common-room.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • Thanks to Hearne, it is easy to reproduce the common-room gossip, and the more treasonable talk of honest men at Antiquity Hall.

    Oxford Andrew Lang
  • The common-room was also used at times for the purpose of recreation.

    English Monastic Life Abbot Gasquet
  • I walked into the common-room, and threw myself into an easy-chair near the fireplace.

    Monsieur Cherami Charles Paul de Kock
  • The common-room, tinkling its tea-cups, buzzed criticism and approval.

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
British Dictionary definitions for common-room

common room

(mainly Brit) a sitting room in schools, colleges, etc, for the relaxation of students or staff
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