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 Car.

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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  • In the drawing-room sat quite the grandest lady Yashima had yet seen in England. ... Merely to be in the same room as her must surely be a social event of magnitude. - ''Yashima, or, The Gorgeous West'' by R T Sherwood, 1931.

    December 24, 2008

  • See also drawingroom.

    December 24, 2008

  • See also drawing room.

    December 24, 2008