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parlor

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noun par·lor \ ˈpär-lər \

Definition of parlor

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

Examples of parlor in a Sentence

  1. an ice cream parlor with an old-timey theme

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Origin and Etymology of parlor

Middle English parlour, from Anglo-French, from parler

parlor Synonyms


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parlor

adjective

Definition of parlor

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

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First Known Use of parlor

15th century



PARLOR Defined for English Language Learners

parlor

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noun

Definition of parlor for English Language Learners

  • : a store or business that sells a specified kind of food or service

  • : a room in a house or apartment that is used for conversation or for spending time with guests


PARLOR Defined for Kids

parlor

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noun par·lor \ ˈpär-lər \

Definition of parlor for Students

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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