drawing room


noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for drawing room

drawing room


noun

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

drawing room


1640s, short for withdrawing room (see withdraw), into which ladies would go after dinner.

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