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parlour

[pahr-ler] /ˈpɑr lər/
noun, adjective, Chiefly British.
1.
Usage note
See -or1.

parlor

[pahr-ler] /ˈpɑr lər/
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.
adjective
5.
advocating something, as a political view or doctrine, at a safe remove from actual involvement in or commitment to action:
parlor leftism; parlor pink.
Also, especially British, parlour.
Origin of parlor
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English parlur < Anglo-French; Old French parleor, equivalent to parl(er) to speak (see parle) + -eor -or2
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  • I found my mother and sister together in my sister's parlour.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • In about ten minutes after my return to the parlour Lady Susan entered the room.

    Lady Susan Jane Austen
  • As soon as I was tolerably composed I returned to the parlour.

    Lady Susan Jane Austen
  • He stood still in the middle of the parlour, and looked into the kitchen in silence.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • It was the dusting of the furniture in the parlour behind the shop.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • But once enticed into the parlour he did not reject the food set before him.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • This done, she went into the parlour on her way to the kitchen.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • She glanced all round the parlour, from the corner cupboard to the good fire in the grate.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Nothing in the world would have induced Ossipon to go into the parlour.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for parlour

parlour

/ˈpɑːlə/
noun
1.
(old-fashioned) a living room, esp one kept tidy for the reception of visitors
2.
a reception room in a priest's house, convent, etc
3.
a small room for guests away from the public rooms in an inn, club, etc
4.
(mainly US & Canadian, NZ) a room or shop equipped as a place of business: a billiard parlor
5.
(Caribbean) a small shop, esp one selling cakes and nonalcoholic drinks
6.
Also called milking parlour. a building equipped for the milking of cows
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-Norman parlur, from Old French parleur room in convent for receiving guests, from parler to speak; see parley
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Word Origin and History for parlour

chiefly British English spelling of parlor (q.v.).

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for parlour

parlor

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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