- drawing room
- The main sitting room of a house was originally called a withdrawing room. It was the room to which ladies withdrew after dining with the men in the adjacent dining room.
The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.
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drawing-room — ⇒DRAWING ROOM, subst. masc. Rare. Salon de réception, en Angleterre. Lincolnshire, et ses hôtels du West End, et Hyde park, et Piccadilly, et les drawing rooms de la reine, et le club des yachts (GAUTIER, Roman momie, 1858, p. 173) : • Un maître… … Encyclopédie Universelle
Drawing-room — Draw ing room , n. [Abbrev. fr. withdraw ing room.] 1. A room appropriated for the reception of company; a room to which company withdraws from the dining room. [1913 Webster] 2. The company assembled in such a room; also, a reception of company… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
drawing room — drawing rooms N COUNT A drawing room is a room, especially a large room in a large house, where people sit and relax, or entertain guests. [FORMAL] … English dictionary
drawing room — n. [< withdrawing room: orig. name for room to which guests withdrew after dinner] 1. a room where guests are received or entertained; living room or parlor 2. a formal reception ☆ 3. a private compartment on a railroad sleeping car, with… … English World dictionary
drawing room — drawing room, adj. 1. a formal reception room, esp. in an apartment or private house. 2. (in a railroad car) a private room for two or three passengers. 3. Brit. a formal reception, esp. at court. [1635 45; as shortening of now obs. withdrawing… … Universalium
drawing room — ► NOUN ▪ a room in a large private house in which guests can be received. ORIGIN abbreviation of withdrawing room «a room to withdraw to» … English terms dictionary
Drawing-Room — (engl., spr. Draïng rum), eigentlich Bilderzimmer, das Zimmer, in welchem die großen Gallacouren am englischen Hofe, bes. im Schlosse St. James zu London, stattfinden, auch diese Gallacouren selbst. Drawing table (spr. Draing täble), Bildertisch … Pierer's Universal-Lexikon
Drawing-room — (engl., spr. drao ing rūm, Abkürzung von withdrawing room, Zimmer, in das man sich zurückzieht), in England das Gemach, in dem sich die Familie versammelt und Gäste empfängt. D. heißt auch kurzweg am englischen Hofe der Empfang der hoffähigen… … Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon
drawing room — n formal a room, especially in a large house, where you can entertain guests or relax … Dictionary of contemporary English
drawing room — drawing ,room noun count OLD FASHIONED a LIVING ROOM … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
drawing room — 1640s, short for withdrawing room (see WITHDRAW (Cf. withdraw)), into which ladies would go after dinner … Etymology dictionary