[bawl-room, -roo m]


a large room, as in a hotel or resort, with a polished floor for dancing.

Origin of ballroom

First recorded in 1730–40; ball2 + room Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ballroom

Contemporary Examples of ballroom

Historical Examples of ballroom

  • I asked him to reflect on the irreparable eclipse that he would be casting over the Duskydale ballroom.

    A Rogue's Life

    Wilkie Collins

  • I want an absolutely quiet room where I get no kitchen noises or ballroom dancing.

    A Court of Inquiry

    Grace S. Richmond

  • He followed the functionaries from the ballroom, and the eyes of everybody else followed him.

    Space Viking

    Henry Beam Piper

  • All this shone in a ballroom of the Tuileries or the Louvre as the stars of heaven in the azure sky.

    The book of the ladies

    Pierre de Bourdeille Brantme

  • She had stepped into the brilliant light of the ballroom, and vanished from his sight.

    A Mock Idyl

    Percy Ross

British Dictionary definitions for ballroom



a large hall for dancing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ballroom

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper