Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A room where coats and other articles may be left temporarily, as in a theater or school. Also called coatroom.
  • n. A private lounge adjacent to a legislative chamber.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A room, in a public building such as a theatre, where coats and other belongings may be left temporarily.
  • n. A room where luggage may be left, for example in an airport.
  • n. A private lounge next to a legislative chamber.
  • n. lavatory, toilet

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A room, attached to any place of public resort, where cloaks, overcoats, etc., may be deposited for a time.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A room connected with a place of general resort, as an assembly-room or an opera-house, where cloaks, etc., are deposited.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a room where coats and other articles can be left temporarily
  • n. a private lounge off of a legislative chamber

Etymologies

cloak +‎ room (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But she felt connected to the crone in the shawl, the pimply elevator operator, the boy who thought the cloakroom was a safe haven.

    Uprising

  • All the Five A girls had paper bags or pasteboard boxes, and in the air of the Five A cloakroom was a strong smell of vinegar.

    The Bent Twig

  • We have more enemies within our country than outside: "A GOP Senator called the cloakroom hours before the bill was to reach the floor and put a hold on it."

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • A GOP Senator called the cloakroom hours before the bill was to reach the floor and put a hold on it.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Most of this stuff is decided days/weeks/months in advance, over the phone, in the senate "cloakroom", etc.

    Senate Endorses Biden Plan To Partition Iraq

  • I got a signal from Mansfield to go into the Democratic cloakroom.

    The Good Fight

  • In the meantime, the senator may wait in the cloakroom rather than be seen, undecided, on the Senate floor.

    The Good Fight

  • Then Jack Miller of Iowa, who also had voted no before, came in from the Republican cloakroom and voted “Aye.”

    The Good Fight

  • I turned around and here was Bartlett coming from the cloakroom.

    The Good Fight

  • That's because we're in an Era of Sour Feelings, when GOP obstruction and Democratic fears are stinking up the once clubby cloakroom.

    You Ain’t No Friend of Mine

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