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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.
Her ladyship's courage was beyond dispute; but she turned pale as she approached the entrance to the boudoir.
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.
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?
She was just rising to ring the bell, when the maid appeared with a message from the boudoir.
The word itself is derived from the verb bonder, meaning "to sulk" or "to pout" and Le Grand Robert sees this as an apt denomination, "parce que les dames se retirent dans leur boudoir quand elles veulent etre seules" ("because women retire to their boudoirs when they want to be alone" (3)) (s.
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.
Earlier research suggested that males advertise these boudoirs to females by emitting pheromones.