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

establishment, joint, place, salon

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Examples of parlor in a Sentence


an ice cream parlor with an old-timey theme

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White oak hardwoods are present throughout the first-floor parlor, the formal dining room and Richard’s expansive home office, his second favorite space in the home, with views of the front property. Mary Wakeford, azcentral, "Couple finds the perfect Victorian home in Peoria. Take a look," 22 Aug. 2019 The park, operated by the Farmington Street Railway Company, was outfitted with a dance pavilion, ice cream parlor, cafe, a carousel, a swimming lake, and more. Michael Walsh,, "Eagle Scout Project Adds History To Farmington’s Suburban Park With Museum Exhibit," 19 Aug. 2019 The guests trickled into the parlor, gazing out the window at the receding evening light. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "Silicon Valley’s Crisis of Conscience," 19 Aug. 2019 The audience of no more than 10 people is guided at the beginning into an old-fashioned parlor, where a fire flickers in the hearth and a gramophone plays in the background. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Review: There’s no escaping the engaging ‘Cabal’," 26 July 2019 Dustin joins forces with reformed high school jock Steve Harrington (Joe Keery), Steve's co-worker at Scoops Ahoy ice cream parlor, Robin (Maya Hawke, spawn of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke), and Lucas' precocious little sister Erica (Priah Ferguson). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Flay your mind: Stranger Things S3 just might be the show’s best season yet," 15 July 2019 He's taken in tigers removed from a tattoo parlor, tigers seized during a 2002 federal bust of a captive-animal-hunting operation, and many circus performers., "The trouble with tigers in America," 13 July 2019 Trujillo said the Duffers specifically wanted to included the fictional Scoops Ahoy ice cream parlor, as well as a Gap and some approximation of a Glamour Shots photo studio. Meredith Blake,, "How 'Stranger Things' made the Starcourt Mall," 11 July 2019 There is also a grand dining room, a formal parlor, a Captain’s Walk, and a four-car carriage house, according to Target Auction Company. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "The Georgia Mansion That Inspired “Gone With the Wind” Heads to Auction," 27 June 2019

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

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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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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