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[bawl-room, -roo m] /ˈbɔlˌrum, -ˌrʊm/
a large room, as in a hotel or resort, with a polished floor for dancing.
Origin of ballroom
1730-40; ball2 + room Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I took it after you came back to the ballroom with Mr. Douglas.

    The Amazing Inheritance Frances R. Sterrett
  • As we entered the ballroom, her eyes were wistful, searching, yet not expecting to find.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • His back was turned as he stood looking out over the ballroom floor.

    Why Joan? Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  • And all the time there came the sounds of the band, with the "Tra-la-la" from the ballroom below.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • But there is an etiquette of sport and games, just as there is an etiquette of the ballroom and dinner table.

    Book of Etiquette, Volume 2 Lillian Eichler Watson
British Dictionary definitions for ballroom


/ˈbɔːlˌruːm; -ˌrʊm/
a large hall for dancing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ballroom

1736, from ball (n.2) + room (n.). Ballroom dancing is attested by 1872.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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