- 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 parlour
The Lost PaintingBy Jonathan Harr Not all of us have lost paintings by Caravaggio in our parlour.Alexander McCall Smith’s Art Book Bag
Alexander McCall Smith
September 4, 2012
I found my mother and sister together in my sister's parlour.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
In about ten minutes after my return to the parlour Lady Susan entered the room.
As soon as I was tolerably composed I returned to the parlour.
He stood still in the middle of the parlour, and looked into the kitchen in silence.
Nothing in the world would have induced Ossipon to go into the parlour.
- 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 and History for parlour
chiefly British English spelling of parlor (q.v.).
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.