parlor

noun
par·​lor | \ ˈpär-lər How to pronounce parlor (audio) \

Definition of parlor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : 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

adjective

Definition of parlor (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : used in or suitable for a parlor parlor furniture
2a : 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

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Synonyms for parlor

Synonyms: Noun

establishment, joint, place, salon

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Examples of parlor in a Sentence

Noun

an ice cream parlor with an old-timey theme

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

None of the johns who patronized the parlor were charged at all. Terry Spencer, The Seattle Times, "AP Investigation: Florida gets tougher on massage-parlor sex," 31 Mar. 2019 Handmade herbal apothecary products are available in each bathroom, and a cocktail hour with nibbles in the front parlor gives off a joyous feel in the afternoons. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "8 Romantic Winter Weekend Getaways From New York City," 29 Dec. 2018 Depending on the parlor and the size of your tattoo (and thus the amount of time your artist will need to tattoo it), your artist may be able to start tattooing right away. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "8 Things You Should Definitely Know Before You Get Your First Tattoo," 31 Oct. 2018 Selena and Courtney, as well as friends Ashley Cook and Raquelle Stevens, began the festivities with pizza and ice cream before hitting the parlor. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Got Matching Tattoos with Her Best Friends," 19 Aug. 2018 The parlors offer a range of games, including Clue, Life, Monopoly, Backgammon, and Scrabble. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Hotel renovations: Properties in Los Angeles, Dallas and San Francisco get major upgrades," 13 July 2018 New York is considering whether to expand a law already on the books to allow sports gambling at racetracks and betting parlors. Washington Post, "Leagues, casinos lobby states for cut of legal sports bets," 20 Mar. 2018 The café is actually an offtrack betting parlor, and all around them men are placing their bets. Mary Morris, The Atlantic, "Fiction: Mama’s Haven," 11 Mar. 2018 In some secular strongholds, tattoo parlors offer free tattoos of Atatürk’s signature every Nov. 10, the day of his death, said tattooist Goksu Can Altan. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "A Craze for Atatürk Gives New Cachet to Turkey’s Founding Father," 22 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Kyle Green kgreen@idahostatesman.com Parlor bird cage at the Jones/Eld house in East Boise. Anna Webb, idahostatesman, "A 1893 house — rescued — settles into its new East Boise neighborhood," 14 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of parlor

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for parlor

Noun

Middle English parlour, from Anglo-French, from parler

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parlor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of parlor

: a store or business that sells a specified kind of food or service
old-fashioned : a room in a house or apartment that is used for conversation or for spending time with guests

parlor

noun
par·​lor | \ ˈpär-lər How to pronounce parlor (audio) \

Kids Definition of parlor

1 : a room for receiving guests and for conversation
2 : a usually small place of business beauty parlor ice cream parlor

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