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Originally a clipped form of waiting room; in later use, a clipped form of lavatory room, toilet room, private room, etc.


gentlemen's room (plural gentlemen's rooms)

  1. Any room intended for use by men, particularly:
    • 1843, J. Saunders, London, Vol. V, page 278:
      From the indenture... we learn that the house [sc. the Fortune Theater] had three tiers, consisting of boxes, rooms, and galleries; that there were "two-penny rooms," and "gentlemen's"...
    • 1845, The Stranger's Guide in Brighton, page 68:
      By a sudden turn to the left, we attain ‘The Cottage’; at the far end of its porch is the gentlemen's room, denominated by a contemporary a Lavatory.
    • 2014, Keith Grossl, The Final Hours of Darkness[1], page 59:
      "Let me try," I said. Taking the rods from my wife, I held them out and asked, "Mr. Adams, are you here?" The rods quickly responded yes. "Will you talk with me?" Again they responded yes. "Why won't you talk with my wife? Is it because she is a woman?" Yes. "Do you want her to leave?" Yes. Laughing, I handed the rods back to my wife. "This is the gentlemen's room," I said, "and you're not supposed to be here." My wife looked back at me with an expression of bewilderment, but I was just as puzzled by her reaction. What's so hard to understand? I wondered quietly. It's the gentlemen's room; that means no women allowed!
    1. (historical) A waiting room in a railway station or other public building, often including a separate lavatory.
    2. (euphemistic, dated) Synonym of men's room: a public lavatory intended for men.



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