- Older Use. a room for the reception and entertainment of visitors to one's home; living room.
- a room, apartment, or building serving as a place of business for certain businesses or professions: funeral parlor; beauty parlor.
- a somewhat private room in a hotel, club, or the like for relaxation, conversation, etc.; lounge.
- Also called locutorium. a room in a monastery or the like where the inhabitants may converse with visitors or with each other.
- advocating something, as a political view or doctrine, at a safe remove from actual involvement in or commitment to action: parlor leftism; parlor pink.
Origin of parlor
Examples from the Web for parlor
But when they want to reverse nature, and rule white men, and marry white women, and sit in my parlor, then, by God!David's Book Club: The Souls of Black Folk
May 5, 2013
But blame-the-candidate is a Democratic parlor game played when they lose local seats they should have won by the numbers.Wake Up, Washington!
September 14, 2011
Today, savant-like information recall seems more like a parlor trick than a mark of real intelligence: cool, but not enviable.How We Lost Our Memory
March 2, 2011
Unwrapping her many layers has become the current parlor game of the media and blogosphere.The Right's Favorite Atheist
June 13, 2010
After the parlor was raided by police, the woman was jailed and then deported to Moldova by the British government.Hollywood's Sex-Slave Crusade
November 11, 2009
He was shown into the parlor, and Will Paine came down to see him.Brave and Bold
The first task that was set her was that of sweeping and dusting a parlor.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
If they entered a house, he sat in the parlor; if they peeped into the kitchen, he was there.Little Daffydowndilly
Among my other activities, I wired the parlor for electric light.
It might have been the parlor of the White Springs Hotel in duplicate, plush self-rocker and all.
Word Origin and History for parlor
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.