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[green-room, -roo m] /ˈgrinˌrum, -ˌrʊm/
a lounge in a theater, broadcasting studio, or the like, for use by performers when they are not onstage, on camera, etc.
Origin of greenroom
1695-1705; green + room, probably so called because orig. painted green Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His presence in the manager's box had been noticed and his coming to the greenroom expected.

  • An appointment was made in the greenroom of Drury Lane Theatre.

  • When I was playing the piano once in the greenroom at the Queen's Theater, he came in and listened.

    The Story of My Life Ellen Terry
  • There was no one in the greenroom now save Fauchery and himself.

  • The greenroom was frequented by nobility and men of genius; among these were Mr. Fox and the Earl of Derby.

  • He has committed all of Heine to memory and in the greenroom reads Sanscrit.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • With this speech, the manager strode out of the greenroom toward the stage.

    Mistress Nell George C. Hazelton, Jr.
  • But the more I think of her visit to the greenroom, the more inexplicable it appears to me.

    Zibeline, Complete Phillipe de Massa
  • The playgoers heard the bell ring, and left the greenroom to take their places again.

    The Magic Skin Honore de Balzac
  • Consequently his habits were not too good, and he haunted the greenroom of the opera.

British Dictionary definitions for greenroom


/ˈɡriːnˌruːm; -ˌrʊm/
(esp formerly) a backstage room in a theatre where performers may rest or receive visitors
Word Origin
C18: probably from its original colour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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