Definition of cloakroom noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkləʊkruːm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkloʊkruːm//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈkləʊkrʊm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkloʊkrʊm//
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  1. 1 (especially British English) (usually North American English checkroom, coat check, coatroom) a room in a public building where people can leave coats, bags, etc. for a time
  2. 2 (British English) a room that contains a toilet or toilets the ladies’ cloakroom British/​Americantoilet / bathroom In British English, but not in North American English, the room that has a toilet in it is usually referred to as a toilet. This room in people’s houses can also be called the lavatory, or informally, the loo. An extra downstairs toilet in a house can be called the cloakroom. In public places, especially on signs, the words toilets, Gents (for men’s toilets) or Ladies (for women’s toilets) are used for a room or small building containing several toilets. You might also see WC or Public Conveniences on some signs. In North American English the room that contains a toilet is usually called the bathroom, never the toilet. A room with a toilet in a public place can also be called a restroom, ladies’ room, women’s room or men’s room. Washroom is also used, especially in Canada.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cloakroom