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
Related formsdraw·ing-room, adjective
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Related Words for drawing room

parlor, salon

Examples from the Web for drawing room

Contemporary Examples of drawing room

  • A moment ago the drawing-room had seemed empty; Mrs. Luke, in her sole person, filled and illuminated it.

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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.

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Historical Examples of drawing room

  • If only she could have stayed there with Mimi; but in the end she had to go back to the drawing-room.

  • With his hand on the knob of the drawing-room door Austin paused and looked at him.


    William J. Locke

  • An hour later, she was at the house of Mrs. Weston, and was shown into the drawing-room.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • "No one but major Marvel," she answered, and opened the door of the drawing-room.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Then he turned to the two in the drawing-room, both of whom had now risen to their feet.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

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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