Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The common recreation area and dining room for the commissioned officers on a warship.
  • noun The commissioned officers on a warship.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The apartment assigned to the commissioned officers of a man-of-war other than the commanding officer. Line-officers occupy staterooms on the starboard side and staff-officers on the port side.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Naut.) A room occupied as a messroom by the commissioned officers of a war vessel. See gunroom.
  • noun United States A room used by the citizens of a city ward, for meetings, political caucuses, elections, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The living quarters of a ship designated for the commissioned officers other than the captain.
  • noun The commissioned officers of a ship, excluding the captain.

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

  • noun military quarters for dining and recreation for officers of a warship (except the captain)

Etymologies

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

[Originally, a room on a ship used as a wardrobe and storeroom for valuables : ward + room.]

Examples

  • Charles was in the small sitting room that he called the wardroom, sitting alone, sorting out his much-loved collection of fishing flies.

    Whip Hand

  • Charles was in the small sitting room that he called the wardroom, sitting alone, sorting out his much-loved collection of fishing flies.

    Whip Hand

  • By that time the wardroom was a mass of fighting bodies.

    Conan The Warlord

  • By that time the wardroom was a mass of fighting bodies.

    Conan The Warlord

  • The wardroom is a meter-long drop table in Ship's Services.

    Passage at Arms

  • The wardroom was a swamp and so were our bunks with all our nice clothing, books, etc.

    The Worst Journey in the World Antarctic 1910-1913

  • I had sometime in the past moved one of the softer but still fairly formal old gold brocade armchairs from the drawing-room into the smaller room, his 'wardroom', as it was there we always sat when the two of us were alone.

    Come To Grief

  • I had sometime in the past moved one of the softer but still fairly formal old gold brocade armchairs from the drawing-room into the smaller room, his 'wardroom', as it was there we always sat when the two of us were alone.

    Come To Grief

  • We would have breakfast with him in the wardroom and read or watch cartoons while he finished up a small bit of work, and then he would take us home to enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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  • AFAIK the higher charge is for other services that NASA won't be bringing to the Zvezda wardroom table with the retirement of the Shuttle.

    ISS About to Have a Crew of Six With Soyuz-TMA 15 Launch - NASA Watch

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