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drawing room

a formal reception room, especially in an apartment or private house.
(in a railroad car) a private room for two or three passengers.
British. a formal reception, especially at court.
Origin of drawing room
1635-45; as shortening of now obsolete withdrawing room
Related forms
drawing-room, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for drawing room

drawing room

a room where visitors are received and entertained; living room; sitting room
(archaic) a ceremonial or formal reception, esp at court
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Word Origin and History for drawing room

1640s, short for withdrawing room (see withdraw), into which ladies would go after dinner.

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