from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A saloon in a theater, opera-house, etc., in which the audience may promenade between the acts or during the intervals of an entertainment; a foyer.


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  • [5] That the eldest was cruel & moreover that he always preferred the second, though he has never given the slightest hint & did not go near her at the Opera, not even in the crush-room.

    The Letter-Bag of Lady Elizabeth Spencer-Stanhope — Volume 1

  • At twelve o'clock, be in the little room behind the chimney-place of the big crush-room.

    The Phantom of the Opera

  • Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from a mad whirl of dancers in which he was caught for a moment, he at last entered the room mentioned in Christine's letter.

    The Phantom of the Opera

  • He wanted to dart forward, forgetting Christine; but the black domino, who also seemed a prey to some strange excitement, caught him by the arm and dragged him from the crush-room, far from the mad crowd through which Red Death was stalking ....

    The Phantom of the Opera

  • As Raoul once more passed through the great crush-room, this time in the wake of his guide, he could not help noticing a group crowding round a person whose disguise, eccentric air and gruesome appearance were causing a sensation.

    The Phantom of the Opera

  • I thought even the crush-room lovely, and the brilliant gaslight, the mysterious little boxes, with their red-velvet curtains, filled with handsome men and pretty women, which I think Lady Blessington describes as "rags of roues, memoranda books of other women's follies, like the last scene of the theatre; they come out in gas and red flame, but do not stand daylight."

    The Romance of Isabel, Lady Burton

  • He was in the pit and it was crowded; not a seat vacant anywhere, and many persons standing packed in the crush-room at the back.

    The Christian A Story

  • Politics require the whole of energy, bodily and mental, during half the year; and leave very little time for the bow window at White's in the day, or for the crush-room of the Opera at night.

    Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay Volume 1

  • I promised her heartily I would not be guilty of letting our intimacy drop, and handed the ladies down to the crush-room, where I saw my father leading Lady Edbury to her carriage, much observed.

    The Adventures of Harry Richmond — Complete

  • Compelled to think of them as not serious members of our group, he assisted at the crush-room exit, and the happy riddance of the beautiful cousins dedicated to the merry London midnights 'further pastures.

    The Amazing Marriage — Complete


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  • A room or hall in a theatre in which the audience could stroll and mingle between acts; lobby.

    July 11, 2008