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 In the early summer of 1776, Thomas Jefferson worked away in the second floor parlor of a boardinghouse in downtown Philadelphia. Washington Post, "Remembering the slave who joined Jefferson in Philadelphia," 1 July 2020 The Stearns house, built around 1855, offers a glimpse of life in Parma during the 19th century through historic photos, a kitchen, a parlor and a bedroom furnished with items dating to that era. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Residents can sample Parma’s history online during the pandemic: Sun Postings," 29 June 2020 That led Internet users to connect his pizza parlor to their conspiracy. Sheera Frenkel,, "‘PizzaGate’ conspiracy theory thrives anew in the TikTok era," 27 June 2020 Not since Peter Parker stepped into the spider's parlor has anyone been caught in a web like this. Fox News, "Massive spider found clinging to Texas home: 'I was terrified!'," 25 June 2020 For Dickinson, Higginson’s visit felt unreal, as if a phantom had entered the family parlor and transformed it. Martha Ackmann, The Atlantic, "The Encounter That Revealed a Different Side of Emily Dickinson," 23 June 2020 So their formal parlor room mixes four wallpapers, including two on the ceiling. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Vintage Victorian in Chelsea was cut up, made into apartments. Now it's been restored.," 20 June 2020 And heading for a cool treat at a downtown ice cream parlor. Thomas Farragher,, "Wear a mask. And hold your horses," 17 June 2020 The comedian plays Scott Carlin, an art school dropout with vague dreams of opening a tattoo parlor-restaurant hybrid. Anne Cohen,, "Bel Powley Calls Pete Davidson Out On His Bullshit In The King Of Staten Island," 12 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Kyle Green 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


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


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

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4 Jul 2020

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“Parlor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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