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roommate

[room-meyt, roo m-] /ˈrumˌmeɪt, ˈrʊm-/
noun
1.
a person who is assigned to share or shares a room or apartment with another or others.
Origin of roommate
1780-1790
1780-90, Americanism; room + mate1
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roommate

/ˈruːmˌmeɪt; ˈrʊm-/
noun
1.
a person with whom one shares a room or lodging
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Word Origin and History for roommate
n.

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

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