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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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  • The floors were carpetless, though those of the living room and kitchen might be strewn with rushes.

    Warwickshire Clive Holland
  • They went into the living room, and Skinner waved him toward a chair.

    By Proxy Gordon Randall Garrett
  • In his living room and dining room he used the new-style tungsten lamps instead of old-style carbon.

    Electricity for the farm Frederick Irving Anderson
  • Hank looked at Lucille; she was disappearing into the living room.

    The First One Herbert D. Kastle
  • Returning home later in the afternoon, she found Mrs. Weems sitting on the living room floor, sorting a drawer of old photographs.

    Clue of the Silken Ladder Mildred A. Wirt
British Dictionary definitions for living room

living room

a room in a private house or flat used for relaxation and entertainment of guests
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for 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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