showroom [shoh-room, -roo m] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for showroom on noun

  1. a room used for the display of goods or merchandise.

verb (used without object)

  1. to come into a store to view merchandise and then purchase it from a competitor, usually online, as to get a lower price or wider selection: For shoes, I usually showroom at a couple of stores, then buy them cheaper online.
  2. to be used as a place to view rather than buy merchandise: No store wants to showroom for a website.

verb (used with object)

  1. to display (merchandise) in a showroom.
  2. to enter a store and view (merchandise) before purchasing it from a competitor, usually online.
  3. to use or encourage people to use (a store) as a place to view rather than buy merchandise: The online retailers are showrooming us out of business. We’re being showroomed by consumers who browse our stores without buying.

Origin of showroom First recorded in 1610–20; show + room Related formsshow·room·ing, noun Related Words for showroom shop, market, showroom, emporium, chain, boutique, outlet, mill, store, stand, deli, supermarket, drugstore, room, hall, parlor, gallery, exhibit, salon, museum Examples from the Web for showroom Contemporary Examples of showroom

  • The American Library in the Catalonian capital is bombed, an I.B.M. showroom has a brick tossed through its front window.

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  • They knew about it and they could have stopped it before the first car went in the showroom.

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  • On display in the showroom were elegant women in long black pants and finely lapelled jackets and trenches.

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  • His showroom remains in Antwerp rather than a major fashion capital like Paris or London.

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  • Gucci sounded the opening bell of a week of runway presentations and showroom installations.

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  • Historical Examples of showroom

  • “That’s all right,” Polatkin said as he led the way to the showroom.

    Elkan Lubliner, American

    Montague Glass

  • Elkan made no reply, but walked to the centre of the showroom.

    Elkan Lubliner, American

    Montague Glass

  • Polatkin walked across the showroom to the rack in question.

    Elkan Lubliner, American

    Montague Glass

  • If Miss Kennedy herself did not attend to the showroom, what would she do?

    All Sorts and Conditions of Men

    Walter Besant

  • “Here I am, Aaron,” Sam said, as he came fairly running from the showroom.

    The Competitive Nephew

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  • British Dictionary definitions for showroom showroom noun

    1. a room in which goods, such as cars, are on display

    Word Origin and History for showroom n.

    “room for displaying furniture for sale,” 1610s, from show (v.) + room (n.).

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