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



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

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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 Tour the first floor of the Nathan Hale Homestead, and meet a Revolutionary War Field Doctor, as the front parlor of the museum is transformed into an emergency battlefield hospital., 14 July 2021 There are 11 fireplaces, a formal dining room and formal parlor, a commercial size gourmet kitchen, a large ballroom, conservatory, family room and library. Olivia Green,, 13 July 2021 His father, Oscar, ran a pizza parlor and a liquor store. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, 13 July 2021 The kitchen has a parlor bar top that conceals the workings of the kitchen. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 The front parlor was a combination music room and library., 7 July 2021 Gibson was shot in the head, killed instantly, and fell in front of F.A. Sharrer’s establishment, a cabinetmaking shop and undertaking parlor at the corner of Old Washington Road and East Main Street. David Buie,, 25 June 2021 Caughter than an 18th century parlor maid with the Lord. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 21 June 2021 Thanks to the paintings’ almost neon-intensity primary colors, the parlor walls pop like a Sherwin-Williams showroom. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Kyle Green Parlor bird cage at the Jones/Eld house in East Boise. Anna Webb, idahostatesman, 14 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of parlor


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for parlor


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


from attributive use of parlor entry 1

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

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17 Jul 2021

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“Parlor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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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


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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