parlor game


Definition of parlor game

: a game suitable for playing indoors

Examples of parlor game in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Coleman cited the example of a parlor game in which people vie to double a sheet of ordinary printer paper as many times as possible. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "MASTERSON ONLINE: An exponential virus," 28 Nov. 2020 But even as President Trump has continued to slow the transition process with denials and lawsuits, Californians have barely paused from their current favorite parlor game. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential California: The Senate guessing game," 11 Nov. 2020 Talk of it is a parlor game, and sightings of it are a mirage, whether in left-wing form or in rightist form. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Revolution Isn’t Coming," 6 Nov. 2020 And, if a housewarming party is on the calendar, bring a fun parlor game like Shinola's dominos set. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "34 Housewarming Gifts to Make Friends or Family Feel Delightfully at Home," 7 Oct. 2020 The truth of who ordered and who carried out the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny should not be a parlor game. Star Tribune, "Russia is spreading disinformation on Navalny poisoning," 2 Oct. 2020 Guessing whom the governor would select has been a political parlor game ever since Harris launched her presidential run last year. Joe Garofoli,, "Here’s who Gavin Newsom could name to replace Kamala Harris in the Senate," 11 Aug. 2020 In truth the novel did have the appeal of a parlor game, a roman à clef inviting readers to guess the identities of the movie stars on whom the characters were loosely based. Peter Biskind, Los Angeles Times, "Review: The uncanny valley of the ‘Dolls’ making-of tell-all," 2 June 2020 The new parlor game of guessing the weekly jobless claims total may not continue. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "'Quite ominous': Unemployment claims for last week could reach several million due to CVOID-19 layoffs," 25 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of parlor game

1854, in the meaning defined above

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5 Dec 2020

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“Parlor game.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of parlor game

somewhat old-fashioned : a game (such as a board game, card game, or guessing game) that you play inside your home

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