parlor

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noun

par·​lor ˈpär-lər How to pronounce parlor (audio)
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: a room used primarily for conversation or the reception of guests: such as
a
: a room in a private dwelling for the entertainment of guests
b
: a conference chamber or private reception room
c
: a room in an inn, hotel, or club for conversation or semiprivate uses
2
: any of various business places
a funeral parlor
a beauty parlor

parlor

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adjective

1
: used in or suitable for a parlor
parlor furniture
2
a
: fostered or advocated in comfortable seclusion without consequent action or application to affairs
parlor bolshevism
b
: given to or characterized by fostering or advocating something (such as a doctrine) in such a manner
parlor socialist

Example Sentences

Noun an ice cream parlor with an old-timey theme
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Dedicated to books and music, the Torpeys' parlor is just one special space that's carved out for a couple of their hobbies. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 17 Nov. 2022 On the parlor walls are a few shreds of old wallpaper, hung there in the 1950s by Gottlieb’s uncle. Kyle Whitmire, al, 3 Nov. 2022 Mortuaries have been a key part of the circle of life since the 18th century—providing a convenient place to embalm and preserve corpses outside of a family’s parlor—but they’re not exactly pegged as a design destination. Kelsey Mulvey, House Beautiful, 31 Oct. 2022 Human History, a front parlor infinitely painted over with massacre, and into the fray came I, highly allergic, quick to cry, and armed with fat fists of need. Franny Choi, The Atlantic, 30 Oct. 2022 If your bestie is dressing up as Frenchy, join her with this silver beauty parlor look. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, 25 Oct. 2022 Felice will watch as Violet and Joe laugh and slowly dance in time to the music wafting from the open parlor windows. Morgan Parker, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2022 While the lentils provided a different mouth feel, the spice base is pure Cincinnati-style chili parlor. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 15 Oct. 2022 The Founders Row property is replacing a strip on a main road that previously included a handful of beloved small businesses, including a bowling alley and a deli/ice cream parlor. Teo Armus, Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2022
Adjective
Kyle Green kgreen@idahostatesman.com Parlor bird cage at the Jones/Eld house in East Boise. Anna Webb, idahostatesman, 14 Apr. 2017 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English parlour, parlur "room off a hall set aside for private conversation, room (as in a monastery) where speech is permitted," borrowed from Anglo-French parlur, parlour, from parler "to speak, talk" + -ur, -or (continental Old French -oir), going back to Latin -ōrius -ory entry 1 — more at parley entry 2

Adjective

from attributive use of parlor entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of parlor was in the 13th century

Dictionary Entries Near parlor

Cite this Entry

“Parlor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parlor. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

parlor

noun

par·​lor
ˈpär-lər
1
: a room in a home, hotel, or club used for conversation or the reception of guests
2
: any of various business places
funeral parlor
beauty parlor

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