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living room

a room in a home used, especially by a family, for leisure activities, entertaining guests, etc.; parlor.
Lebensraum (def 2).
Origin of living room
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • In Hindeloopen (Friesland) one or two beds in the living-room are kept as 'pronk-bedden' (show beds).

  • Before we went to bed, Jake and Otto were called up to the living-room for prayers.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • The kitchen was the living-room, and there the family spent their time when not out at work or retired to rest.

    The Land We Live In Henry Mann
  • The maid came in for orders, she gave them mechanically, then went into the living-room.

  • When Billy came to him in the living-room, her slender self was almost hidden behind the swirls of damask linen in her arms.

    Miss Billy's Decision Eleanor H. Porter
British Dictionary definitions for living-room

living room

a room in a private house or flat used for relaxation and entertainment of guests
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Word Origin and History for living-room

living room


"room set up for ordinary social use," 1795 (as opposed to bedroom, dining room, etc.); from living (n.) + room (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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