front room

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front room (plural front rooms)

  1. A living room; a room in the front of the house which is used for entertaining guests or for special occasions.
    • 1880, Frances Hodgson Burnett, chapter 7, in Louisiana[1]:
      She did not knock at the door, which stood open, but, somewhat to Fermi's amazement, walked at once into the front room, which was plainly the room of state.
    • 1887, Arthur Conan Doyle, chapter 3, in A Study in Scarlet[2]:
      He found the door open, and in the front room, which is bare of furniture, discovered the body of a gentleman, well dressed, and having cards in his pocket bearing the name of ‘Enoch J. Drebber, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.‘
    • 1913, Theodore Roosevelt, chapter 1, in Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography[3]:
      The front room, the parlor, seemed to us children to be a room of much splendor, but was open for general use only on Sunday evening or on rare occasions when there were parties.
    • 1942, Emily Carr, The Book of Small, “Loyalty,”[4]
      She had a whole floor of everlasting flowers spread to dry in her front room.

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