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public room

a lounge or other room that is open to all, especially in a hotel or on a ship.
Origin of public room
1975-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • My first glimpse of him was in a sort of public room in the town of Lahaina.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • After swift greeting they went down-stairs to dine in the public room.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • You grow over bold, and I cannot have you in the public room.

    French and English Evelyn Everett-Green
  • Then he went into the public room, called for food and wine, and sat down.

  • On reaching the only hotel at Lebanon, long after dark, we found the public room occupied by a miscellaneous assemblage.

  • You, with no chaperon, to go to a common ball at a public room!

    The New Tenant E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • If I'd a boiled beetroot face like you, I'd never show my 'ed in a public room again.

    The Chequers James Runciman
  • We had more conversation, and then I returned to the public room.

    A Little Union Scout Joel Chandler Harris
  • But my father can speak to you in the public room and see to your safety—for I fear this night's affair will end ill.

    The Son of Clemenceau Alexandre (fils) Dumas
  • They are in the House of Commons, and we in a public room of an inn at p. 258Horncastle.

    The Romany Rye George Borrow

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