par·lor | \ˈpär-lər \

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

establishment, joint, place, salon

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Examples of parlor in a Sentence


an ice cream parlor with an old-timey theme

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And the guys who walk into the pizza parlor with a gun. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Pod Save America’s Dan Pfeiffer on Recode Media," 2 July 2018 That may seem like a distant problem, but its repercussions are likely to be felt at your favorite dessert parlor this summer. Aryn Baker/sahabevava, Time, "Vanilla Is Nearly as Expensive as Silver. That Spells Trouble for Madagascar," 13 June 2018 Then in early April, Batiste and two accomplices robbed Black Widow tattoo parlor, firing 16 shots and killing the owner. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County death row inmate convicted of killing man over tire rims denied federal appeal," 9 July 2018 In between features about garden shops and pizza parlors, McNamara covered crime and political scandals and local development. Aubrey Whelan,, "'It's a remarkable thing … we've got to protect.' In shooting's wake, a Maryland town embraces its newspaper," 30 June 2018 The high, curtained windows of the parlor, coupled with the somber tones of the audience’s Victorian dress, suggested to her a John Singer Sargent portrait; fittingly, the folds of the sheer black veil fall over Gadon’s face like broad brushstrokes. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "A Look Beneath the Veil of Alias Grace’s Showstopping Hypnotism," 25 June 2018 The overlay plan already bans tattoo parlors, bottle clubs, fortune tellers and flea markets from the area. Ryan Gillespie,, "Food trucks likely will have to close at midnight in Conway neighborhood," 25 June 2018 Commit to stop at ice cream parlors, which keeps kids engaged searching outside the car, rather than in their electronic bubbles. Tom Stienstra,, "Outdoor family vacations can bind or break," 24 June 2018 There are dozens of little figures holding tiny props: a man drinking wine by a cathedral radio in his parlor, a bride and groom on their wedding day, a grandmother wearing wiry glasses, knitting. Leslie Kendall Dye, Longreads, "City on a Hill," 23 June 2018

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, from Anglo-French, from parler

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Phrases Related to parlor

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English Language Learners Definition of parlor

: 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


par·lor | \ˈpär-lər \

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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