Zimmer (plural Zimmers)
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- 2014, Roger Kirkpatrick, Final Chapters: Writings About the End of Life, page 52:
- As the day passes away, and body clocks begin to stutter, there are also physical assaults with Zimmers locked in combat like the horns of fighting stags.
From Middle High German zimber, from Old High German zimbar, from Proto-West Germanic *timr, from Proto-Germanic *timrą, from Proto-Indo-European *dem- (“build, house”) (see Proto-Indo-European *dṓm). Cognate with English timber and Dutch timmer (“building; construction; room”).
- room (separate part of a building, enclosed by walls, a floor and a ceiling)
- Synonym: Raum
- Zimmer is used of the rooms in a private dwelling, excluding cellar and loft unless they are furnished and used as a part of the dwelling, and usually also excluding passages, kitchens, larders, toilets, utility rooms, and the like (though a private bathroom is called Badezimmer).
- In collectively used dwellings such as hotels, shelters, or hospitals, Zimmer is used chiefly of those rooms that are private to a small number of people (one to circa ten). In barracks, these are called Stuben; in prisons, Zellen.
- In the workplace, Zimmer is less common, but it may be used e.g. of personal offices or rooms where clients are received.
- Otherwise, Raum is typically used. It is also the most general word which should be preferred in all cases of doubt. Using it for those rooms defined as Zimmer above is possible, but not always usual.
- Arbeitszimmer n (“workroom”)
- Badezimmer n (“bathroom”)
- Behandlungszimmer n (“treatment room, surgery room”)
- Besprechungszimmer n (“meeting room, briefing room”)
- Besucherzimmer n (“visitors' room”)
- Esszimmer n (“dining room”)
- Hinterzimmer n (“backroom”)
- Hotelzimmer n (“hotel room”)
- Kinderzimmer n (“child(ren)'s room”)
- Klassenzimmer n (“classroom”)
- Schlafzimmer n (“bedroom”)
- Wohnzimmer n (“living room”)
- “Zimmer” in Duden online
- “Zimmer” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
- Friedrich Kluge (1883), “Zimmer”, in , John Francis Davis, transl., Etymological Dictionary of the German Language, published 1891
Zimmer n (plural Zimmer)