drawing room

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Shortening of withdrawing room.

Noun[edit]

drawing room (plural drawing rooms)

  1. (UK) A multifunctional room that can be used for any purpose in a palace or castle.
  2. (UK) Any room where visitors may be entertained; now, the living room.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 10, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant.
  3. (US) A private room on a railroad sleeping car.

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