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[tap-room, -roo m] /ˈtæpˌrum, -ˌrʊm/
a barroom, especially in an inn or hotel; bar.
Origin of taproom
1800-10; tap2 + room Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We found Captain Coffin seated in a corner of the taproom settle, puffing at an empty pipe and staring at vacancy.

    Poison Island Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (Q)
  • They went boldly into the taproom, and shut the door behind them.

    The Book of Dragons Edith Nesbit
  • To the left was the closed door of the taproom, which now seemed to furnish all the noise.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • A confident voice was doing some high talking in the taproom.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • The taproom was built in the yard beside a skittle ground, and was approached through a long passage.

    The Man with the Book John Matthias Weylland
  • Finally I arose and went into the corridor and peered into the taproom.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • The reason being that he is a "gude fellow" only when abroad or in the taproom, and not when he is at home.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • This was not some nameless Indian or some river rat knifed in a taproom brawl.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • Sometimes the taproom was decorated with broad hints to dilatory customers.

    Stage-coach and Tavern Days Alice Morse Earle
  • He stopped for an instant to absorb the rowdy racket from the taproom.

    The Ghost Breaker Charles Goddard
British Dictionary definitions for taproom


/ˈtæpˌruːm; -ˌrʊm/
a bar, as in a hotel or pub
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for taproom

also tap-room, 1807, from tap (n.1) + room (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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