showroom

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English[edit]

Car showroom
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Etymology[edit]

show +‎ room. Verb sense circa 2011.

Noun[edit]

showroom (plural showrooms)

  1. A room in a business set aside for the display of the company's products.
  2. (dated) A room or apartment where a show is exhibited.

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Verb[edit]

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showroom (third-person singular simple present showrooms, present participle showrooming, simple past and past participle showroomed)

  1. To inspect merchandise in a physical store, then purchase the identical product from an online merchant; to use a physical store as a showroom for an online merchant.
    This new phone looks good, but I want to go to the mall and showroom it before buying.

Usage notes[edit]

Especially used in nominalized form showrooming.