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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
First recorded in 1635-45; as shortening of now obsolete withdrawing room
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drawing-room, adjective Unabridged
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  • Emmeline intending to go to her own room, went first into the drawing room to deposit her music book.

    Emmeline Charlotte Turner Smith
  • The boards of the harness room shone like the flooring of a drawing room.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • His sister greeted him cordially and ushered him into the drawing room.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • "Come into the drawing room, Hilda, I want to say a word to you," said Quentyns.

    A Young Mutineer Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • The little girls' bedroom was over a portion of the drawing room.

    A Young Mutineer Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • You clear a place in the drawing room, Percy, said Natica, briskly.

  • The drawing room is allowed to be one of the most elegant apartments in the kingdom.

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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