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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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  • Around the drawing-room the faces of the parents were wreathed with smiles.

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  • It was rather an unusual thing for them to be in the drawing-room.

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  • The candles in the drawing-room are lit, madam, as you directed.

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  • When she re-entered the drawing-room, Philip was there alone—standing by the fire.

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  • And, so saying, Daly hastened upstairs to the drawing-room, where the young officer awaited him.

  • Charles was called up into the drawing-room, and questioned.

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  • Half an hour later, Mr. Wyndham re-appeared in the drawing-room, with a calm face that hid his secret guilt well.

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  • The drawing-room door was heard to open, and Morris put her finger on her lips.

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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

drawing room

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

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