One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A room in a large private house in which guests can be received and entertained.
- ‘The main reception room, the drawing room, lies to the left of the entrance hall.’
- ‘Double sliding doors between the drawing room and dining room have been recessed into the dividing wall.’
- ‘On the ground floor the drawing room and dining room have open fireplaces while the first and second floor contain the five bedrooms.’
- ‘The subjects, it has to be said, seem more appropriate for a dining room than a drawing room.’
- ‘The 120 square metre house has a drawing room, dining room, kitchen, three bedrooms and a bathroom.’
- ‘As well as four bedrooms, the house has a drawing room, dining room, kitchen and a study.’
- ‘Under the upstairs drawing room is a family room and smaller study.’
- ‘The drawing room and dining room lie to the left of the hallway and look onto the front and rear respectively.’
- ‘The pattern is repeated on the first floor, which includes the ornate drawing room and turreted day room.’
- ‘Special features include white limestone flooring in the hallways, oak timber flooring in the drawing rooms and dining rooms.’
- ‘I live in the biggest rooms: the drawing room, the dining room and the ballroom.’
- ‘There are three bedrooms, a drawing room, a dining room, a kitchen and a bathroom.’
- ‘Downstairs there were four rooms: a dining room, drawing room, playroom and kitchen.’
- ‘He passed through the sitting room and the drawing room, coming to the partially opened bedroom door.’
- ‘This was once a state bedroom for visiting dignitaries but is now an elegant drawing room for entertaining important guests.’
- ‘It includes a drawing room, dining room, kitchen, the four bedrooms and a family bathroom.’
- ‘My brother's wife would want to run the house and use the drawing room and dining room - and where would I be?’
- ‘The first reception room, the drawing room, is to the left of an entrance hall with a marbled tiled floor and guest toilet.’
- ‘A second hall to the side leads to the drawing room and sitting room.’
- ‘Both the drawing room and dining room have ornate fireplaces and decorative cornicing with large windows looking out over the gardens.’
- 1.1 A private compartment in a train, typically one that accommodates two or three people.
1attributive Consciously refined, lighthearted, and elegant.‘drawing-room small talk’
- 1.1 (of a song or play) characterized by a polite observance of social proprieties.‘a stock figure of Thirties drawing-room comedy’
- 1.1 (of a song or play) characterized by a polite observance of social proprieties.
Mid 17th century (denoting a private room attached to a more public one): abbreviation of 16th-century withdrawing-room ‘a room to withdraw to’.
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