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

  • adj. Marked by indecency; obscene: smoking-room humor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A room, as in a private dwelling or a hotel, set apart for the use of smokers.


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  • On my return I paid fivepence for a "cabin," took my receipt for the same in the form of a huge brass check, and went upstairs to the smoking-room.


  • "He's sure the real thing," he told one of his fellow-clubmen afterwards, in the smoking-room of the Alta-Pacific.

    Chapter I

  • The walls of this room will be covered with books, and it can serve as library and smoking-room as well.

    The House Beautiful

  • At the other end of the smoking-room I ran into a group of men bunched excitedly and angrily around Bertie Messener.


  • General Folsom, nursing his capacious paunch in a window-seat in the smoking-room was defending himself against half-a-dozen excited gentlemen who were demanding that he should do something.


  • Two nights ago, Monday, you played baccarat in the smoking-room after dinner.


  • "Why, on the first night, when the Prince said ` Who's for baccarat, everyone? 'and they went to play in the smoking-room, and Count Lutzow and I and Miss Naylor and Lady Brougham went to watch."


  • At the close of the banquet, which consisted of not less than fifteen courses, we withdrew to a smoking-room, where the coffee was served and cigarettes and chibouks offered us -- the latter a pipe having a long flexible stem with an amber mouthpiece.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • And so I dined very well, alone, and sat alone in the top smoking-room with my cigar and with a magazine all evening, save once, when a waiter brought me whisky and I stopped him by my chair, and he told me about the Test Matches, and we talked for a little time.

    Movie Night

  • In my club there is a little smoking-room at the top of the house, that looks out over St James's Park; I took him up there after dinner because I knew that we should have the room to ourselves at that time of night, and we settled down with our cigars before the fire.

    Movie Night


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