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

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After all, the law allows for only three casino resort licenses and one slots parlor, all relatively far from each other. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Will New Casinos Bring a "MassVegas" to New England?," 17 Dec. 2018 Plus there are still plenty of bite-sized distractions in Kamurocho and Sotenbori—like arcades with fully functional Virtual-On cabinets, mahjong parlors, and... live-action gravure photography. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Review: Yakuza Kiwami 2 gets cleaned up for PS4," 28 Aug. 2018 Another sitting room is found on the opposite side of the parlor at the front of the residence. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "1787 colonial updated for live-work asking $425K," 12 June 2018 And the slots parlor in Plainview is the only other gaming spot in operation yet. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Will New Casinos Bring a "MassVegas" to New England?," 17 Dec. 2018 Less than 24 hours after her release, Rachel, barely able to walk, went to a funeral parlor with Jason’s family to pick out a casket. Rose Minutaglio, Good Housekeeping, "My Husband Tried to Murder Me in Our Yard. Then He Killed Himself.," 15 Oct. 2018 And this weekend, the singer and actor let us all in on another major BFF moment: A visit to a tattoo parlor for some seriously meaningful ink. Emma Sarran Webster, Allure, "Selena Gomez Got Matching Friendship Tattoos With Her BFFs — and They're So Sweet," 20 Aug. 2018 True to her word, the teen reportedly arrived at a tattoo parlor on Tuesday. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Teen who reportedly tattooed Tom Brady autograph on arm says she has 'zero regrets'," 3 Aug. 2018 Talisha White plans to visit a tattoo parlor before the balloon release. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Only 5 feet from his front door, he was killed by a bullet. His mom, relatives mourn," 31 May 2018

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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