[ pahr-ler ]
/ ˈpɑr lər /
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noun, adjective Chiefly British.
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usage note for parlour

See -or1.
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British Dictionary definitions for parlour


US parlor

/ (ˈpɑːlə) /

old-fashioned a living room, esp one kept tidy for the reception of visitors
a reception room in a priest's house, convent, etc
a small room for guests away from the public rooms in an inn, club, etc
mainly US, Canadian and NZ a room or shop equipped as a place of businessa billiard parlor
Caribbean a small shop, esp one selling cakes and nonalcoholic drinks
Also called: milking parlour a building equipped for the milking of cows

Word Origin for parlour

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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