Definitions

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

  • n. A room, gallery, or glassed-in porch exposed to the sun.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An establishment with sunbeds in it or where one can rent sunbeds.
  • n. A room, with many windows, exposed to the sun.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An apartment freely exposed to the sun; anciently, an apartment or inclosure on the roof of a house; in modern times, an apartment in a hospital, used as a resort for convalescents.
  • n. Any one of several species of handsome marine spiral shells of the genus Solarium and allied genera. The shell is conical, and usually has a large, deep umbilicus exposing the upper whorls. Called also perspective shell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sundial, fixed or portable. See dial, poke-dial, ring-dial, sun-dial.
  • n. A place arranged to receive the sun's rays, usually a flat house-top, terrace; or open gallery, formerly used for pleasure only, but in modern times commonly as an adjunct of a hospital or sanatorium, in which case it is inclosed with glass; a room arranged with a view to giving patients sun-baths.
  • n. The typical genus of Solariidæ, containing the staircase-shells, as the perspective shell, S. perspectivum.

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

  • n. a room enclosed largely with glass and affording exposure to the sun

Etymologies

Latin sōlārium, terrace, flat housetop, from sōl, sun; see sāwel- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin sōlārium. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Actually the pool is at the back of the house and separates the solarium from the master bedroom.

    The Peninsula Residence by Bercy Chen Studio

  • The solarium was a small breakfast room set to the side of the dining room.

    Wicked Pleasures

  • The solarium was the size of a small concert hall.

    Rosetta

  • I'm either in the kitchen, where Hillary and I and Chelsea, when she's home, we have our meals in a very informal atmosphere in the kitchen when there's no one else there, or I'm upstairs in what's called a solarium, it's up on the third floor, and it's a big kind of sunny room.

    Interview Of The President By Espn Radio

  • The solarium is a large geodesic dome on top of the castle; it's like being inside a glass beehive.

    A King of Infinite Space

  • A solarium is a device emitting ultraviolet rays used to produce a cosmetic tan.

    News from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The Baltic Times.

  • The only time glamour lays itself over the proceedings, the shine is as fake as the sun in a solarium, which is where the opening bloodbath takes place.

    signandsight.com

  • It is huge - two bedrooms plus a "solarium" (that's what they call it up there), so we would each have our own office (yippee!), tons of closets, beautiful new kitchen (dishwasher!) and bathroom, balcony, fireplace, in an immaculately maintained building with a fitness room, a pool, a parking spot for $50/month (you can't park a tire for $50 in NYC), and it's a stone's throw from the train.

    Archive 2004-07-01

  • A "solarium" is erected on this roof, to contain a tropical garden or to be used for dancing.

    The American Architect and Building News, Vol. 27, No. 733, January 11, 1890

  • The entire second floor of the penthouse is devoted almost entirely to a large room labeled "solarium" on the floor plan.

    The Real Estalker

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