from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large open room in a private residence often featuring a high or vaulted ceiling and used especially for recreation and relaxation.

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  • n. In many modern homes, the room that replaces the living room.


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  • They stood in the great room of their loft on either side of the futon, where the huge cat, a crossbreed between a Persian, a dust mop, and possibly a water buffalo, was actively shedding.

    You Suck

  • Mr. Rawlinson rebuilt the Mitre, and he had the panels of the great room painted with allegorical figures by Isaac Fuller.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Jun/Jul 1660

  • Sensitives entwined and mouthparts worked rapidly as those assembled in the great room of the fortress’s central bastion discussed the alien’s words among themselves.

    Running from the Deity

  • No sooner did he regain his freedom than Haydon attacked Sir Charles Long with a plan for the decoration of the great room of the Admiralty, to be followed by the decoration of the House of Lords and St. Paul's Cathedral.

    Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century

  • Flinx saw that he was sitting close to one wall of the Audience Chamber great room in the bastion of fortress Metrel.

    Running from the Deity

  • While everyone else in the great room reacted to this unexpected and violent intrusion with shock and surprise, the triumvirate of individuals who comprised the Kewwyd of Pakktrine Unified did not.

    Running from the Deity

  • As he rose from his chair and stepped forward across the platform, he saw stalk through the wide door at the rear of the great room the young hoodlum with the square-cut coat and stiff-rim hat.

    Chapter 44

  • At the lower end of the great room was another table, at which sat the Ryls and Knooks who had come with Santa Claus, the wooden soldiers who had come with the Queen of Merryland, and the Hilanders and Lolanders who had come with John Dough.

    Love Letters

  • This piece fills the farther end of the great room which I just now mentioned; it contains the Earl of Montgomery, ancestor of the house of Herbert (not then Earls of Pembroke) and his lady, sitting, and as big as life; there are about them their own five sons and one daughter, and their daughter-inlaw, who was daughter of the Duke of Buckingham, married to the elder Lord Herbert, their eldest son.

    From London to Land's End


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