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ballroom

[bawl-room, -roo m]
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noun
  1. a large room, as in a hotel or resort, with a polished floor for dancing.
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Origin of ballroom

First recorded in 1730–40; ball2 + room
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Related Words for ballroom

auditorium, ballroom, arena, theater, gymnasium, amphitheater, lounge, chamber, church, gallery, gym, salon, casino, mart, armory, lyceum, refectory, stateroom, hall, hippodrome

Examples from the Web for ballroom

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Historical Examples of ballroom

  • As we entered the ballroom, her eyes were wistful, searching, yet not expecting to find.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • They struck almost in the middle of the ballroom floor and burst.

  • I made three turns of the ballroom (she waltzes surprisingly well).

    A Hero of Our Time

    M. Y. Lermontov

  • And all the time there came the sounds of the band, with the "Tra-la-la" from the ballroom below.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Yet as they went the adjutant's eyes raked the ballroom in quest of his wife.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini


British Dictionary definitions for ballroom

ballroom

noun
  1. a large hall for dancing
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Word Origin and History for ballroom

n.

1736, from ball (n.2) + room (n.). Ballroom dancing is attested by 1872.

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