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showroom

[shoh-room, -roo m] /ˈʃoʊˌrum, -ˌrʊm/
noun
1.
a room used for the display of goods or merchandise.
verb (used without object)
2.
to come into a store to view merchandise and then purchase it from a competitor, usually online, as to get a lower price or wider selection:
For shoes, I usually showroom at a couple of stores, then buy them cheaper online.
3.
to be used as a place to view rather than buy merchandise:
No store wants to showroom for a website.
verb (used with object)
4.
to display (merchandise) in a showroom.
5.
to enter a store and view (merchandise) before purchasing it from a competitor, usually online.
6.
to use or encourage people to use (a store) as a place to view rather than buy merchandise: The online retailers are showrooming us out of business.
We’re being showroomed by consumers who browse our stores without buying.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; show + room
Related forms
showrooming, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for show room

showroom

/ˈʃəʊˌruːm; -ˌrʊm/
noun
1.
a room in which goods, such as cars, are on display
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Word Origin and History for show room

showroom

n.

"room for displaying furniture for sale," 1610s, from show (v.) + room (n.).

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