Drawing-room car
Car Car, n. [OF. car, char, F. cahr, fr. L. carrus, Wagon: a Celtic word; cf. W. car, Armor. karr, Ir. & Gael. carr. cf. {Chariot}.] 1. A small vehicle moved on wheels; usually, one having but two wheels and drawn by one horse; a cart. [1913 Webster]

2. A vehicle adapted to the rails of a railroad. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]

Note: In England a railroad passenger car is called a railway carriage; a freight car a goods wagon; a platform car a goods truck; a baggage car a van. But styles of car introduced into England from America are called cars; as, tram car. Pullman car. See {Train}. [1913 Webster]

3. A chariot of war or of triumph; a vehicle of splendor, dignity, or solemnity. [Poetic]. [1913 Webster]

The gilded car of day. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The towering car, the sable steeds. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

4. (Astron.) The stars also called Charles's Wain, the Great Bear, or the Dipper. [1913 Webster]

The Pleiads, Hyads, and the Northern Car. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

5. The cage of a lift or elevator. [1913 Webster]

6. The basket, box, or cage suspended from a balloon to contain passengers, ballast, etc. [1913 Webster]

7. A floating perforated box for living fish. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]

{Car coupling}, or {Car coupler}, a shackle or other device for connecting the cars in a railway train. [U. S.]

{Dummy car} (Railroad), a car containing its own steam power or locomotive.

{Freight car} (Railrood), a car for the transportation of merchandise or other goods. [U. S.]

{Hand car} (Railroad), a small car propelled by hand, used by railroad laborers, etc. [U. S.]

{Horse car}, or {Street car}, an omnibus car, draw by horses or other power upon rails laid in the streets. [U. S.]

{Palace car}, {Drawing-room car}, {Sleeping car}, {Parlor car}, etc. (Railroad), cars especially designed and furnished for the comfort of travelers. [1913 Webster] ||


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Drawing-room car — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drawing-room car — noun a passenger car for day travel; you pay extra fare for individual chairs • Syn: ↑parlor car, ↑parlour car, ↑palace car, ↑chair car • Hypernyms: ↑passenger car, ↑coach, ↑carriage * * * …   Useful english 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. [1913 Webster] 2. The company assembled in such a room; also, a reception of company… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — Reconstructed drawing room of Sir William Burrell; part of the Burrell Collection in Glasgow, Scotland A drawing room is a room in a house where visitors may be entertained. The name is derived from the sixteenth century terms withdrawing room… …   Wikipedia

  • drawing room — noun 1. a formal room where visitors can be received and entertained (Freq. 3) • Syn: ↑withdrawing room • Hypernyms: ↑reception room 2. a private compartment on a sleeping car with three bunks and a toilet • Hypernyms: ↑comp …   Useful english dictionary

  • drawing room — Synonyms and related words: Pullman, Pullman car, Vanity Fair, baggage car, beau monde, beautiful people, best people, best room, boxcar, caboose, cafe society, car, carriage, carriage trade, chair car, coach, coal car, covered waggon, cream of… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • drawing room — draw′ing room n. 1) a formal reception room, esp. in an apartment or private house 2) rai (in a railroad car) a private room for two or three passengers 3) brit. a formal reception, esp. at court • Etymology: 1635–45; shortening of now obs.… …   From formal English to slang

  • drawing room — noun Etymology: short for withdrawing room Date: 1642 1. a. a formal reception room b. a private room on a railroad passenger car with three berths and an enclosed toilet 2. a formal reception …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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