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

  • n. A faculty lounge in a college or university.
  • n. A lounge for use by all members of a residential institution or community.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A shared lounge found in dormitories, universities, military bases, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a room, usually at a school or university, set aside for the common use of everyone. It usually has comfortable chairs for reading or conversation, and some provision for obtaining refreshments.

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

  • n. a sitting room (usually at school or university)


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  • After lunch, Barrie Juniper and I sat down in the fellows’ common room over coffee and the Times Atlas, which we opened at Central Asia.


  • The simple house, with a bed - room at either end, one for Richard and Kahlan, and one for Cara, with a common room in the middle, sat at the edge of a meadow of velvety green grasses sprinkled with wildflowers.

    Men Don't Leave Me

  • She hurried into the common room of the cottage she had shared with her heart-sisters from the time she was a wee child.


  • Conrig and his three closest friends among the Heart Companions — Feribor Blackhorse, Tayman Owlstane, and Sividian Langford — had turned it into their common room during the two days preceding the council of war, while they kept their presence secret from most of the other castle inhabitants.

    Conqueror's Moon

  • The joyous energy of the jigs and reels that filled the room did nothing to dissipate the atmosphere of simmering rancour that filled the post-graduate common room of Wilberforce Hall.

    Conferences are Murder

  • This monument to sexism (the women get groped) and racism (non-Celts are barred) was held in the post-graduate common room in Wilberforce Hall.

    Conferences are Murder

  • Ducking his head in a well-practiced gesture of respect, he headed across the common room and left.


  • Jaz went into the common room again, where members dropped in from the town.


  • In the dirt-floored common room stood a plank table and benches.

    Hokas Pokas

  • The Northerners built large, one-room circular houses, with an enormous common room in the center, and small cubicles built against the outer walls for privacy.

    Elephant in the City


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