cloakroom

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Etymology[edit]

cloak +‎ room

Noun[edit]

cloakroom (plural cloakrooms)

  1. A room, in a public building such as a theatre, where coats and other belongings may be left temporarily.
  2. (UK) A room where luggage may be left, for example in an airport.
  3. A private lounge next to a legislative chamber.
  4. (UK, euphemistic) lavatory, toilet

Usage notes[edit]

In the British sense “lavatory”, primarily used by estate agents when describing small, secondary lavatories (North America: half bath), and in occasional use as a posh term to denote the gents’ lavatory, such as at Fortnum & Mason,[1] where it is contrasted with “ladies’ powder” (see powder room).

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  • (small lavatory, by estate agents): half bath (North America)

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  1. ^ BRITISH EUPHEMISMS, Knowledge Problem, June 26th, 2002