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- A room in some public place for people to wait.
- Hyponyms: ladies' room, (for women, historical) women's room, (for men, historical) gentlemen's room
- 1817, Henry Horne, Elements of criticism:
- In the third place, by its situation it serves only for a waiting-room, and a passage to the principal apartments, instead of being reserved, as it ought to be, for entertaining company […]
- 1962 October, Brian Haresnape, “Focus on B.R. passenger stations”, in Modern Railways, page 249:
- To lovers of Victoriana it will not be necessary to enlarge on the original beauty of many [old stations], but to the modern traveller romantic nostalgia will not compensate for bleak, draughty waiting rooms, ancient sanitation, uncomfortable grimy seats and gas lighting; he is likely to prefer the comforts of a modern car on a winter's morning.
- 2020 March 25, “Network News: Step-free access introduced at four Transport for London stations”, in Rail, page 18:
- At Hanwell, two lifts have been installed along with a refurbished ticket office with accessible window. A new waiting room is being installed on Platform 2, while the one on Platform 3 is being refurbished.