a) A person with whom one shares a room, as at university etc.
b) A person with whom one shares an apartment or house (UK: flatmate or housemate).

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  • Roommate — Room mate , n. One of two or more occupying the same room or rooms; one who shares the occupancy of a room or rooms; a chum. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • roommate — 1789, Amer.Eng., from ROOM (Cf. room) + MATE (Cf. mate) (n.). Short form roomie is from 1918 …   Etymology dictionary

  • roommate — ☆ roommate [ro͞om′māt΄ ] n. a person with whom one shares a room or rooms …   English World dictionary

  • Roommate — A roommate is a person with whom one shares a residence who is not a relative or significant other. Synonyms include suitemate, housemate, or flatmate ( flat : the usual term in British English for an apartment). In the UK, the term roommate… …   Wikipedia

  • roommate — [[t]ru͟ːmmeɪt, r ʊm [/t]] roommates also room mate 1) N COUNT Your roommate is the person you share a rented room, apartment, or house with, for example when you are at university. [AM] 2) N COUNT Your roommate is the person you share a rented… …   English dictionary

  • roommate — UK [ˈruːmˌmeɪt] / US [ˈrumˌmeɪt] noun [countable] Word forms roommate : singular roommate plural roommates 1) someone who you share a room with, for example at university 2) mainly American a flatmate …   English dictionary

  • roommate — noun (C) 1 someone who you share a room with, especially at college: Ben and I were roommates at university. 2 AmE someone you share a room, apartment, or house with; flatmate BrE: I hate the way my roommate never does the dishes …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • roommate — noun Date: 1770 one of two or more persons sharing the same room or living quarters called also room•ie …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • roommate — /roohm mayt , room /, n. a person who is assigned to share or shares a room or apartment with another or others. [1780 90, Amer.; ROOM + MATE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • roommate — Synonyms and related words: ace, amigo, associate, bedfellow, bedmate, birthmate, bosom buddy, buddy, bunkie, bunkmate, butty, camarade, chamberfellow, chum, classmate, clubmate, colleague, comate, companion, company, compeer, comrade, confrere,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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