Living room


Living room

A living room, also known as sitting room, lounge room or lounge (in the United Kingdom and Australia), is a room for entertaining guests, reading, watching TV or other activities. The word Lounge is from the Latin, it was brought over later on by the French.

In modern homes and apartments, the living room has replaced the old fashioned parlor.Fact|date=May 2007 In the 19th century, the parlor was the room in the house where the recently deceased were laid out before their funeral. This became the more affirmative term "living room" in the 20th century.

The term marks the twentieth-century effort of architects and builders to strip the parlor of its burial and mourning associations. A typical western living room will be furnished with a sofa, chairs, occasional tables, a television or stereo equipment, and bookshelves, as well as other pieces of furniture. Traditionally, a sitting room in the United Kingdom would have a fireplace. In Japan, people traditionally sat on tatami instead of chairs, but Western style decor is also common these days.

In the United States, sometimes the living room is reserved for more formal and quiet entertaining while a separate recreation room or family room is used for more casual activities and drinking. In recent years, the term "great room" has come to be used to denote the family room, especially if it is open to the kitchen, and may feature a vaulted ceiling.

The term front room can also be used to describe a living room, because in many homes the front door opens into the living room.


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  • living-room — [ liviŋrum ] n. m. • 1920; mot angl. « pièce pour vivre » ♦ Anglic. Pièce de séjour, servant à la fois de salle à manger et de salon. ⇒ salle (de séjour), séjour. Des living rooms. Cette grande pièce « à laquelle les Anglo Saxons donnent le nom… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Living-room — Album par Paris Combo Sortie 1999 Label PIAS Albums de Paris Combo …   Wikipédia en Français

  • living room — living rooms also living room N COUNT The living room in a house is the room where people sit and relax. We were sitting on the couch in the living room watching TV. Syn: sitting room, lounge …   English dictionary

  • living room — room set up for ordinary social use, 1795 (as opposed to bedroom, dining room, etc.); from LIVING (Cf. living) (n.) + ROOM (Cf. room) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Living-Room — Album par Paris Combo Sortie 1999 Label PIAS Albums de Paris Combo …   Wikipédia en Français

  • living room — room / liviŋ rʊm/, it. / living rum/ locuz. ingl. (propr. stanza per vivere ), usata in ital. come s.m. [stanza di dimensioni piuttosto ampie in cui si vive durante il giorno] ▶◀ soggiorno, [di dimensioni ridotte] tinello …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • living room — liv ing room A room in a house used by all or most of the family, where the family entertain guests or relax together for leisure activities. It usually contains at least one couch, and does not contain a dining table. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • living room — n the main room in a house where people relax, watch television etc = ↑lounge …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • living room — living ,room noun count ** the main room in a house where you usually relax in comfortable chairs and entertain guests …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • living-room — see sitting room …   Modern English usage

  • living room — ► NOUN ▪ a room in a house for general everyday use …   English terms dictionary


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