Definitions

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

  • n. The amount that a room can hold: a roomful of furniture.
  • n. The number of people that a room can hold: a roomful of guests.
  • n. The number of people in a room, considered as a group: The whole roomful gasped when he entered wearing a bizarre costume.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The amount that a room can hold, especially the number of people that can fit into a room
  • n. The people in a room, considered as a group

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Abounding with room or rooms; roomy.
  • n. As much or many as a room will hold.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Abounding with rooms; roomy; spacious.
  • n. As much or as many as a room will hold: as, a roomful of people.

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

  • n. the quantity a room will hold

Etymologies

room +‎ -ful (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He was vexed with the levity that had made him call his roomful together on so poor a pretext, and yet was vexed with the stupidity that made the witnesses so evidently find the pretext sufficient.

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  • But Yahoo called a roomful of tech reporters to its headquarters in Sunnyvale to [...]

    Megite Technology News: What's Happening Right Now

  • But Yahoo called a roomful of tech reporters to its headquarters in Sunnyvale to say that it's still fighting.

    Wired Top Stories

  • Speaking to what the Associated Press describes as a roomful of "cringing diplomats", the new foreign minister said Israel was not bound by the Annapolis peace talks.

    Cosmodaddy

  • In Islamabad last week, a roomful of academics asked the prime minister how Britain could help solve the Kashmir conflict.

    Notable & Quotable

  • Instead of one Ben Bernanke, we got a whole roomful: Bernanke the Job Creator, Bernanke the Budget Cutter, Bernanke the Activist, Bernanke the Fatalist ...

    Richard (RJ) Eskow: Bernankemania! Empty Golden Words From the Leader of the Temple

  • Show a roomful of Democratic pols smoking Cuban cigars and joking about how easy it is to dupe grandma with simple scaremongering, and how her children and grandchildren will be working much of their lives for the greater good of the state.

    GOP Must Better Communicate Its Medicare Plans

  • The moment probably can't be compared to the one experienced by a small roomful of Germans when they beheld the first bibles to roll off a printing press.

    Will Books Survive?

  • A man who radiated enough sexual energy to fell a roomful of females.

    Earl of Durkness

  • The one genuinely joyous moment of the film occurs when Wally bids $10,000 for some Wallis gloves, and earns a round of applause from a roomful of moneyed Windsorphiles.

    'W.E.,' About Royals, Is a Messy Windsor Knot

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