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Rooms in theatres, restaurants and other public buildings

apartment

noun

a set of large rooms with expensive decorations and furniture, kept for a special purpose or used by someone important

auditorium

noun

a large room or building used for meetings, lectures, or public performances

ballroom

noun

a very large room used for dancing

bathroom

noun

a room containing a toilet and usually a bathtub or shower and a sink

bathroom

noun

any room in a house or public building containing a toilet

chamber

noun

a large room in a public building, especially one used for meetings

checkroom

noun

a room in a restaurant or other public place where you can leave your coat, hat, bag, etc. so that someone will guard them. The British word is cloakroom.

cloakroom

noun

a coat check in a restaurant, theater, etc.

cloakroom

noun

a restroom

clubhouse

noun

a room used by a sports team for changing their clothes and storing their equipment

coat check

noun

a room in a restaurant, club, museum, or theater where people can pay to leave their coats and bags

coatroom

noun

a coat check

comfort station

noun

a room in a public building containing a toilet

common room

noun

a room in a building or institution where people can go to relax or take part in various activities

concourse

noun

a large area in an airport or train station, or in front of a public building, where people can walk

departure lounge

noun

a large room in an airport where you sit and wait before going onto an airplane

double

noun

a double room

facility

noun

something such as a room or piece of equipment that is provided at a place for people to use

facility

noun

an area or building used for a particular purpose

family room

noun

a room in a pub (=a place that serves alcoholic drinks) in the U.K. that children are allowed into

fitting room

noun

a room in a clothing store where you can put on clothes before you buy them

front desk

noun

the place inside the main entrance of a building where you go when you arrive or go to get information

the gents

noun

the men’s bathroom in a public place

greenroom

noun

a room in a theater or television studio where performers can rest and receive visitors

gym

noun

a large hall or room with special equipment for doing physical exercises

gymnasium

noun

a large hall or room with special equipment for doing physical exercises

half bath

noun

a small bathroom containing a toilet and sink but no shower or bathtub

hall

noun

a large room used for meetings, concerts, or other public events

hatcheck

noun

a place where customers can leave their hats and coats at a restaurant, theater, museum, etc.

john

noun

the room where a toilet is

ladies room

noun

a room with a toilet for women in a restaurant, hotel, etc.

laundry

noun

a room or building where clothes are washed and ironed, for example in a hospital

lavatory

noun

a room with a toilet and a washbasin, especially on an airplane

left luggage office

noun

a baggage room

lobby

noun

the area just inside the entrance to a hotel, theater, or other large building

locker room

noun

a room with lockers in a large building such as a factory or school

lodge

noun

a small room at the entrance to a building such as a university, used by the person who lets people in and out

loo

noun

a toilet, or a room that contains a toilet

lost-and-found

noun

a room where possessions that people have accidentally left in a public place are kept until the owners come to claim them

lost property

noun

lost-and-found

lounge

noun

a public room in a place such as a hotel, university, or hospital where people can sit and relax

lounge

noun

a room or area in a place such as an airport where people can sit and wait

lunchroom

noun

a room in a school or office where people eat lunch

men’s room

noun

a men’s bathroom in a public place

morning room

noun

a room where people eat breakfast

office

noun

a room or building where you go for a particular service

plunge pool

noun

a small deep pool of cold water, used especially after a sauna

powder room

noun

a women’s bathroom in a public building

reception

noun

the part of a large building such as a hotel or office where there is someone whose job is to welcome visitors, deal with questions, etc.

reception

noun

the area in front of this

recreation room

noun

a room in a public building where people can relax, play games, or watch television

refectory

noun

a large room, especially in a monastery or in some other institution, where you eat your meals with a lot of other people

restroom

noun

a room with a toilet in it, especially in a public building

sauna

noun

a small hot wooden room that people sit in in order to sweat (=produce water from their skin)

sauna

noun

a period of time spent in a sauna

showroom

noun

a large room where you can look at cars or other big things that are for sale

smoking room

noun

a room in an office, factory, etc. where people are allowed to smoke

snug

noun

a small room in a British pub (=bar)

solarium

noun

a room with large areas of glass to allow the sun to shine in

stall

noun

a small room for a shower or a toilet. The British word is cubicle.

theater

noun

a building, room, or outside area used for performing plays

theater

noun

a building, room, or outside area used for showing movies

toilet

noun

a bathroom

transit lounge

noun

a room in an international airport where passengers can wait for their flight to another country

urinal

noun

a toilet fixed on a wall for men to use in a public building, or a room containing several toilets of this type

waiting room

noun

a room where people wait for something, for example a train or an opportunity to see a doctor

washroom

noun

a polite word for a toilet in a restaurant, hotel, or other public place

pre-cation

a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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