Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common sitting-room of a family; also, in English universities, the sitting-room of a student.

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Examples

  • Mother joined him in the keeping-room and they seemed to have long and anxious conversation.

    History of American Women

  • Was there an old onion basket somewhere in the keeping-room belowstairs?

    Son of a Witch

  • All the attractions of a house were concentrated in one room; it was kitchen, chamber, parlor, and keeping-room; and whatever satisfaction parent or child, master or servant, derive from living in a house, I enjoyed it all.

    Walden

  • Past the jelly cupboard, past the window, past the front door, another window, the sideboard, the keeping-room door, the dry sink, the stove -- back to the jelly cupboard.

    Beloved

  • Sitting at the table eating turnips and saving the liquor for her grandmother to drink; her mother's hand on the keeping-room door and her voice saying, "Baby Suggs is gone, Denver."

    Beloved

  • At the most to get a clue from her husband's dead mother as to what she should do with her sword and shield now, dear Jesus, now nine years after Baby Suggs, holy, proved herself a liar, dismissed her great heart and lay in the keeping-room bed roused once in a while by a craving for color and not for another thing.

    Beloved

  • When she entered the keeping-room Mistress Mabel and Mary looked up from their work of spinning, but she did not heed the command to come and sit down at her wheel with them.

    Hayslope Grange A Tale of the Civil War

  • Clayton had some difficulty in keeping Harry outside the house, whither they had retreated when he heard that Maud was ill; but thinking that his presence would only add to the confusion in the keeping-room if he went in again, he prevailed upon him to remain where he was until Master

    Hayslope Grange A Tale of the Civil War

  • "By my faith, I cannot believe it!" he was saying, as Maud entered the keeping-room.

    Hayslope Grange A Tale of the Civil War

  • Whether this was true, or whether the gay manner was only put on, Maud could not tell, but it made her very unhappy, and instead of going down to the keeping-room, to be watched by Mistress Mabel, she went to pay her usual visit to Dame Coppins at once, instead of later on in the day.

    Hayslope Grange A Tale of the Civil War

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