from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A room appropriated for the reception of company; a room in which distinguished personages hold levees, or private persons receive parties, etc.
- noun The company assembled in a drawing-room.
- noun A formal reception of company at the English court, or by persons in high station: as, to hold a drawing-room.
- noun A room for drawing; specifically, the apartment, in an engineer's shop where patterns and plans are prepared.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A room appropriated for the reception of company; a room to which company withdraws from the dining room.
- noun The company assembled in such a room; also, a reception of company in it.
- noun See Palace car, under
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a private compartment on a sleeping car with three bunks and a toilet
- noun a formal room where visitors can be received and entertained
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And there is a splendid climax when Hildegard Bechtler's drawing-room set becomes a minefield in which lights sizzle and flare, pictures fall and even a chandelier ominously descends in Phantom of the Opera style.
Painters and Their Work, (1979), lays down the difficulties female artists faced: competing obligations of marriage and motherhood; the restrictions against women seeking art training; male willingness to accept women's painting only as a benign drawing-room recreation but not as a professional activity for monetary gain, which might put a woman in the public eye; and perceptions of women's intellectual inability to tackle "serious," large-scale historical, mythical, or biblical subjects.
Gentlemen in this country do smoke, when at home, in the drawing-room and dining-room j there is no doubt about that; that is, when the women of the family do not object.
So many women smoke themselves, that in some houses even the drawing-room is thrown open to Princess Nicotine.
On arrival, ladies and gentlemen would take off their cloaks in the cloakroom or leave them in the hall with the servant before entering the drawing-room, where the host and hostess awaited them.
It looks like a Victorian drawing-room drama until the orchestra appears behind a scrim and the actors begin singing.
A Victorian Drama—With Show Tunes Ellen Gamerman 2011
The assumption is understandable, given that we see him at one memorable point shooting holes in his drawing-room wall, out of sheer boredom.
However, the advancements in media and citizen journalism has made it difficult for the Ministers and their gangs to cover up their blunders and drawing-room statements.
In one of the last glimpses we have of Nellie in the diary, she is standing “by the drawing-room door in the full light, white & pink, with her funny rather foolish mulish face.”
Imperfect Union 2009
Sometimes the gentlemen are invited into another apartment for smoking, and rejoin the ladies in the drawing-room after they have disposed of their cigars.