- 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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Examples from the Web for drawing room
A moment ago the drawing-room had seemed empty; Mrs. Luke, in her sole person, filled and illuminated it.The Best-Dressed Way to Say Goodbye
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He struck me as being something of a drawing-room Communist and I doubt whether he had talks of any importance with the Chinese.How to Hide a Famine with Ping-Pong
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If only she could have stayed there with Mimi; but in the end she had to go back to the drawing-room.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
With his hand on the knob of the drawing-room door Austin paused and looked at him.Viviette
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An hour later, she was at the house of Mrs. Weston, and was shown into the drawing-room.Life in London
"No one but major Marvel," she answered, and opened the door of the drawing-room.Weighed and Wanting
Then he turned to the two in the drawing-room, both of whom had now risen to their feet.Within the Law
- 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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