A drawing room is a room in a house where visitors may be entertained, and a historical term for what would now usually be called a living room, although today's palaces, country houses, and manor houses (and some townhouses) in Britain would be said to have drawing rooms. The name is derived from the 16th-century terms withdrawing room and withdrawing chamber, which remained in use through the 17th century, and made their first written appearance in 1642. In a large 16th to early 18th century English house, a withdrawing room was a room to which the owner of the house, his wife, or a distinguished guest who was occupying one of the main apartments in the house could "withdraw" for more privacy. It was often off the great chamber (or the great chamber's descendant, the state room) and usually led to a formal, or "state" bedroom.
In modern houses, it may be used as a convenient name for a second or further reception room, but no particular function is associated with the name.