- 1A room in a large private house in which guests can be received and entertained.More example sentences
- 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.
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- 1Consciously refined, lighthearted, and elegant: drawing-room small talkMore example sentences
- 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 comedyMore example sentences
- 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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