Definition of drawing room in English:

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drawing room


1A room in a large private house in which guests can be received and entertained.
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  • This was once a state bedroom for visiting dignitaries but is now an elegant drawing room for entertaining important guests.
  • There are three bedrooms, a drawing room, a dining room, a kitchen and a bathroom.
  • As well as four bedrooms, the house has a drawing room, dining room, kitchen and a study.
1.1A private compartment in a train, typically one that accommodates two or three people.


1Consciously refined, lighthearted, and elegant: drawing-room small talk
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  • In need of more lucrative work, Churchward then sailed for South Africa, where his art and his elegant drawing-room manner soon won him the favour of Cecil Rhodes, who made him the gift of a rare pink diamond.
  • Spectators were led first into the drawing-room elegance of Suite Saint-Saens by Gerald Arpino.
  • He was, it is said, the midwife to the birth of the new, tough and usually politically engaged theatre that overthrew the claustrophobic, suburban drawing-room style of the post-war London stage.
1.1(Of a song or play) characterized by a polite observance of social proprieties: a stock figure of Thirties drawing-room comedy
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  • Until Synge wrote Playboy, Irish theatre had been made up entirely of rather dull drawing-room dramas.
  • Accusations of vicarage film-making are easy gibes to fling at Dame Agatha's drawing-room dramas, especially when the set designers and wardrobe people do such a good job at recreating the period.
  • Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud and Peggy Ashcroft were still in the ascendant and the West End was dominated by drawing-room comedies, lightweight whodunnits, American musicals and classic revivals.


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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Syllabification: draw·ing room

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