from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A room for dancing; a ball-room; specifically, in Great Britain, a public room licensed for music and dancing.


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  • On the floor of the dancing-room, which opened out at the rear, three couples were waltzing drearily to the strains of a violin and a piano.

    Chapter 1

  • It is probable they would have been less delicate on the subject, had not the Swiss brought into the dancing-room along with him his eternal halberd, the size, and weight, and thickness of which boded little good to any one whom the owner might detect in the act of making merry at his expense.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • The dancing-room glittered with extra lights, and a profusion of cut-paper flowers decorated the festive scene.

    The Newcomes

  • When the Chevalier ran out of the apartment, attracted by the noise in the dancing-room, the Colonel rose from his chair with his little red eyes glowing like coals, and, with rather an unsteady gait advanced towards Blanche, who was sipping her ice.

    The History of Pendennis

  • From time to time M. de Florac went back to the dancing-room, leaving his mise under

    The Newcomes

  • Mr. Pynsent, who had asked Miss Amory to dance, came up on one occasion to claim her hand, but scowls of recognition having already passed between him and Mr. Arthur Pendennis in the dancing-room, Arthur suddenly rose up and claimed Miss Amory as his partner for the present dance, on which Mr. Pynsent, biting his lips and scowling yet more savagely, withdrew with a profound bow, saying that he gave up his claim.

    The History of Pendennis

  • Before breakfast, we went and saw the town-hall, where is a good dancing-room, and other rooms for tea-drinking.

    Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

  • There was a great crowding and tittering when the child came in, led by his half-brother, who walked into the dancing-room

    The Memoires of Barry Lyndon

  • She whirled round the dancing-room with him in triumph, the other beauties dwindling before her: she looked more and more beautiful with each rapid move of the waltz, her colour heightening and her eyes seeming to brighten.

    The Newcomes

  • The groups of cottagers in the park were gradually diminishing, the young ones being attracted towards the lights that were beginning to gleam from the windows of the gallery in the abbey, which was to be their dancing-room, and some of the sober elder ones thinking it time to go home quietly.

    Adam Bede


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