waiting room

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An unusual "see-through" waiting room at Hammersmith station, London

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waiting room (plural waiting rooms)

  1. 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 []
    • 1941 June, “Notes and News: The Derelict Glyn Valley Tramway”, in Railway Magazine, page 279:
      A blind bearing the monogram G.V.T. is pulled down over the waiting room window as if still in mourning for the passing of the railway.
    • 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.
    • 2022 June 29, Dr Joseph Brennan, “Wonderful waiting rooms on the waiting list”, in RAIL, number 960, pages 59–60:
      "This is a particularly good example of a timber railway station, with its Royal connection giving rise to some outstanding internal and external detailing. The swan-necked iron lamps, the porte-cochère and outstanding decoration in the Royal waiting room set the station apart."

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