parlor car

noun

Definition of parlor car

: an extra-fare railroad passenger car for day travel equipped with individual chairs

Examples of parlor car in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The train portion of the set includes four cars to build: the engine, passenger car, the tender and a parlor car. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney train station getting the Lego treatment," 12 Aug. 2019 Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., 752-2490; borail.org: Marvel at magnificent 19th-century steam locomotives, original tracks, and elegant parlor cars. Jill Gerston, ELLE Decor, "ELLE DECOR Goes to Baltimore," 19 Feb. 2010

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First Known Use of parlor car

1859, in the meaning defined above

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“Parlor car.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parlor%20car. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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