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1. A room used for private living, conversation, consultation, or deliberation, in contrast to more public and formal activities. Also see bedroom, boudoir, cabinet, closet, den, parlor, solar, study.
2. A room for such use which has acquired public importance, e.g., the senate chamber, an audience chamber.
3. (Brit., pl.) A suite of rooms for private dwelling.
4. (pl.) A suite of rooms for deliberation and consultation (juristic).
5. A space equipped or designed for a special function, mechanical or technological, e.g., a torture chamber, a combustion chamber.
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At the entrance to the empty drawing-room she heard Turlington's voice, low and threatening, in the boudoir. Jealousy has a Second Sight of its own.
Her ladyship's courage was beyond dispute; but she turned pale as she approached the entrance to the boudoir.
He only caught us looking for the fan." The two men waited behind to have two words together alone in the boudoir.
As a necessary result of the scene in the boudoir, each had his own special remonstrance to address to Sir Joseph.
Turlington's jealous distrust, wrought to the highest pitch of irritability for weeks past, instantly associated the words he had just heard with the words spoken by Launce in the boudoir, which had reminded him that he was not married to Natalie yet.
As I ran out to the tennis court a few moments later, I had to pass the open boudoir window, and was unable to help overhearing the following scrap of dialogue.
After what she had said to him in the boudoir, it would be quite useless to appeal to the sympathies of Julian Gray.
"Your ladyship's boudoir is, I presume, still at my disposal?"
After sealing the envelope which inclosed these lines, Lady Janet addressed it, as usual, to "Miss Grace Roseberry." She was just rising to ring the bell, when the maid appeared with a message from the boudoir. The woman's tones and looks showed plainly that she had been made the object of Grace's insolent self-assertion as well as her mistress.
Some of the biggest interiors trends of the moment may be sleek, hotel-style bedrooms; French shabby-chic boudoirs and tribal chic bedrooms, but you don't need to have the budget of a globe- trotting hotelier to make the master bedroom a style-savvy sanctuary this autumn.
Waters's terrifically likable young heroine is Nan Astley, a music-hall performer whose gay loves take her through what seems like half the boudoirs of London.