drawing room

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Etymology[edit]

Shortening of withdrawing room.

Noun[edit]

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.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 10, in 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. (Britain) A levée where ladies are presented at court or to society.
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 2:
      By the time the young ladies reached Kensington turnpike, Amelia had not forgotten her companions, but had dried her tears, and had blushed very much and been delighted at a young officer of the Life Guards, who spied her as he was riding by, and said, "A dem fine gal, egad!" and before the carriage arrived in Russell Square, 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.
  4. (US) A private room on a railroad sleeping car.

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