drawing room

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Shortening of withdrawing room.


drawing room (plural drawing rooms)

  1. (Britain) A multifunctional room that can be used for any purpose in a palace or castle.
  2. (Britain) Any room where visitors may be entertained; now, the living room.
  3. A room where engineers draw up plans and patterns.
  4. (Britain) A levée where ladies are presented at court or to society.
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 2:
      [A] great deal of conversation had taken place about the drawing-room, and whether or not young ladies wore powder as well as hoops when presented, and whether she was to have that honour: to the Lord Mayor's ball she knew she was to go.
    • 1860, Ellen Wood, East Lynne, Penguin 2005, p. 11:
      ‘Mrs Vane of Castle Marling is staying with us; she came up to present my child at the last Drawing-room but I think I heard something about her dining out to-day.’
  5. (US) A private room on a railroad sleeping car.


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