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Drawing-room definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. A room appropriated for the reception of company; a room in which distinguished personages hold levees, or private persons receive parties. It is written by Coxe, withdrawing-room, a room to which company withdraws from the dining-room.
2. The company assembled in a drawing-room.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a room for comfortable sitting or entertaining in a private house. 2 (attrib.) restrained; observing social proprieties (drawing-room conversation). 3 US a private compartment in a train. 4 hist. a levee, a formal reception esp. at court. Etymology: earlier withdrawing-room, because orig. used for women to withdraw to after dinner

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Levee Lev"ee (l[e^]v"[-e]; often l[e^]v*[=e]" in U. S.), n. [F. lever, fr. lever to raise, se lever to rise. See Lever, n.] 1. The act of rising. `` The sun's levee.'' --Gray. 2. A morning assembly or reception of visitors, -- in distinction from a soir['e]e, or evening assembly; a matin['e]e; hence, also, any general or somewhat miscellaneous gathering of guests, whether in the daytime or evening; as, the president's levee. Note: In England a ceremonious day reception, when attended by both ladies and gentlemen, is called a drawing-room.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. 2. The company assembled in such a room; also, a reception of company in it; as, to hold a drawing-room. He [Johnson] would amaze a drawing-room by suddenly ejaculating a clause of the Lord's Prayer. --Macaulay. Drawing-room car. See Palace car, under Car.

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