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.

1635–45; as shortening of now obsolete withdrawing room

drawing-room, adjective
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drawing room
1.  a room where visitors are received and entertained; living room; sitting room
2.  archaic a ceremonial or formal reception, esp at court

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Word Origin & History

drawing room
1640s, short for withdrawing room, into which ladies would go after dinner.
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Example sentences
Drawing room, bar, south-facing conservatory restaurant with terrace for al
  fresco dining.
The playwright's stage directions call for a bright, well-ordered drawing room.
Site choices include a gazebo, formal garden and drawing room.
The inside contains a dining room, a drawing room, bedrooms and a picture
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