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[room-meyt, roo m-] /ˈrumˌmeɪt, ˈrʊm-/
a person who is assigned to share or shares a room or apartment with another or others.
Origin of roommate
1780-90, Americanism; room + mate1 Unabridged
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  • My overuse of apologies once caused my roommate to unintentionally fling me on the floor of a restaurant.
  • He called me in the middle of the night rambling about his roommate stalking and wanting to harm him.
  • Everything seemed fine until he lunged at both the vet and her roommate.
  • He was playing video games in the morning, according to a roommate.
  • She locked her roommate out of their hotel room for hours while she slept with this guy.
  • My first yoga studio was in a converted garage behind the food co-op where my roommate worked.
  • Using research that you found on your roommate's desk is cheating.
  • Gone is her dull administrative job, her mousy wardrobe, her downer of a roommate.
  • One acquired this home in much the same way one acquired a freshman roommate-by sending a picture and filling out a form.
  • He is on trial for having stabbed his roommate, in a dispute over household affairs.
British Dictionary definitions for roommate


/ˈruːmˌmeɪt; ˈrʊm-/
a person with whom one shares a room or lodging
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Word Origin and History for roommate

also room-mate, 1789, American English, from room (n.) + mate (n.). Short form roomie is from 1918.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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