a large room, as in a hotel or resort, with a polished floor for dancing.
Contemporary Examples

They need to do a couple of rounds of both the Latin and the ballroom dances before you can tell how good everyone is.
The Bruno Diaries Bruno Tonioli March 9, 2009

It was standing room only inside the ballroom, with people lining up out in the hall to enter as others drifted out.
LGBT Caucus Finds Cause for Celebration at the Democratic Convention Michelle Cottle September 3, 2012

Downstairs, journalists were allowed to check into the ballroom early, but then were kicked out at 10:00 for a security sweep.
The NRA: From Awful to Even Worse Michelle Cottle December 21, 2012

As in a nightmare, the narrator opens the door to the ballroom and finds himself in one of the lower circles of hell.
American Nightmare: Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’ at 60 Nathaniel Rich June 27, 2012

A few minutes after Christie finished up, it looked like there had been a fire drill in the ballroom.
Sympathy for the Devils: Scenes From the Social Conservative Collapse Olivia Nuzzi June 20, 2014

Historical Examples

I took it after you came back to the ballroom with Mr. Douglas.
The Amazing Inheritance Frances R. Sterrett

As we entered the ballroom, her eyes were wistful, searching, yet not expecting to find.
It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson

His back was turned as he stood looking out over the ballroom floor.
Why Joan? Eleanor Mercein Kelly

And all the time there came the sounds of the band, with the “Tra-la-la” from the ballroom below.
The Christian Hall Caine

But there is an etiquette of sport and games, just as there is an etiquette of the ballroom and dinner table.
Book of Etiquette, Volume 2 Lillian Eichler Watson

a large hall for dancing

1736, from ball (n.2) + room (n.). Ballroom dancing is attested by 1872.


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