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

  • n. A room for play and parties.

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  • n. a recreation room for noisy activities (parties or children's play etc)

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  • 2002 film starring Jodie Foster. Three men break into Foster's house, whereupon all become locked in aforementioned room. There is some rough and tumble. Hilarity ensues.

    August 30, 2008

  • Come across this quite often in Australia, even in official real estate blurbs.

    August 30, 2008

  • That's how I've always heard it used. Also "rec (for recreation) room."

    August 30, 2008

  • What exactly is a rumpus room? A kids' playroom?

    August 30, 2008