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rooming house

a house with furnished rooms to rent; lodging house.
Origin of rooming house
1890-95, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It consisted mainly of a general store and "rooming-house" for the benefit of stranded travellers.

  • But Church Street and the rooming-house and the livery-stable—they had been her very self.

    Clark's Field Robert Herrick
  • Later she was dressing to go out, when the back door of the rooming-house opened and the man from Kentucky bulged in the doorway.

    News Writing M. Lyle Spencer
  • My sister keeps a rooming-house up on Eighth Avenue, she said finally.

    Out of the Air Inez Haynes Irwin
  • At Lulu's rooming-house they lingered again, talking in subdued tones on the brownstone stoop.

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • He had been going to report to Webber when he had run into that golden field in the rooming-house hallway.

    The Dark Door Alan Edward Nourse
  • The two went to a rooming-house of which Bridge knew, where they could get a clean room with a double bed for fifty cents.

    The Mucker Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • That rooming-house parlor seemed to moan dismally as it received him.

    Seven Keys to Baldpate Earl Derr Biggers
  • In the rooming-house, with her aunt and uncle and the transient roomers, naturally there had been no refinement of any sort.

    Clark's Field Robert Herrick
  • To the north of Market street the rooming-house people fared somewhat better.

British Dictionary definitions for rooming-house

rooming house

(US & Canadian) a house having self-contained furnished rooms or flats for renting
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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