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living room

A living room is a room in a home that's used for entertaining friends, talking, reading, or watching television. If you're a couch potato, you most likely spend lots of time in your living room.

You can also call a living room a lounge, a sitting room, a front room, or a parlor. It's distinguished from other rooms in a house by what it's used for. There's the dining room for eating, the kitchen for cooking, and the bedroom for sleeping. The living room, on the other hand, is for relaxing. It's an early 20th century invention, an offshoot of the old-fashioned formal parlor.

Definitions of living room
  1. noun
    a room in a private house or establishment where people can sit and talk and relax
    synonyms: front room, living-room, parlor, parlour, sitting room
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    types:
    common room
    a sitting room (usually at school or university)
    morning room
    a sitting room used during the daylight hours
    salon
    elegant sitting room where guests are received
    type of:
    room
    an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling
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