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parlor

[pahr-ler]
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noun
  1. Older Use. a room for the reception and entertainment of visitors to one's home; living room.
  2. a room, apartment, or building serving as a place of business for certain businesses or professions: funeral parlor; beauty parlor.
  3. a somewhat private room in a hotel, club, or the like for relaxation, conversation, etc.; lounge.
  4. Also called locutorium. a room in a monastery or the like where the inhabitants may converse with visitors or with each other.
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adjective
  1. advocating something, as a political view or doctrine, at a safe remove from actual involvement in or commitment to action: parlor leftism; parlor pink.
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Also especially British, par·lour.

Origin of parlor

1175–1225; Middle English parlur < Anglo-French; Old French parleor, equivalent to parl(er) to speak (see parle) + -eor -or2
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  • The first task that was set her was that of sweeping and dusting a parlor.

  • He was shown into the parlor, and Will Paine came down to see him.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • If they entered a house, he sat in the parlor; if they peeped into the kitchen, he was there.

    Little Daffydowndilly

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Among my other activities, I wired the parlor for electric light.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • It might have been the parlor of the White Springs Hotel in duplicate, plush self-rocker and all.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart


Word Origin and History for parlor

n.

c.1200, parlur, "window through which confessions were made," also "apartment in a monastery for conversations with outside persons;" from Old French parleor "courtroom, judgment hall, auditorium" (12c., Modern French parloir), from parler "to speak" (see parley (n.)).

Sense of "sitting room for private conversation" is late 14c.; that of "show room for a business" (e.g. ice cream parlor) first recorded 1884. As an adjective, "advocating radical views from a position of comfort," 1910.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper