American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A room in a private home set apart for the entertainment of visitors.
- n. A small lounge or sitting room affording limited privacy, as at an inn or tavern.
- n. A room equipped and furnished for a special function or business: a tanning parlor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, a room set apart from the great hall for private conference and conversation; a withdrawing-room. It finally became the public room of a private house. See def. 3.
- n. An apartment in a convent, asylum, inn, hospital, hotel, boarding-school, or the like, in which the inmates are permitted to meet and converse with visitors.
- n. A room in a private house set apart for the conversational entertainment of guests; a reception-room; a drawing-room; also, in Great Britain, the common sitting-room or keeping-room of a family, as distinguished from a drawing-room intended for the reception of company. In the United States, where the word drawing-room is little used, parlor is the general term for the room used for the reception of guests.
- n. Vulgarly, any room more or less “elegantly” or showily furnished or fitted up, and devoted to some specific purpose: as, tonsorial parlors; a photographer's parlors; oyster parlors; misfit parlors.
- n. A covered open-air patio.
- n. A room for lounging (especially for reading); a sitting-room; a drawing room.
- n. archaic The apartment in a monastery or nunnery where the inmates are permitted to meet and converse with each other, or with visitors and friends from the outside.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A room for business or social conversation, for the reception of guests, etc.
- n. The apartment in a monastery or nunnery where the inmates are permitted to meet and converse with each other, or with visitors and friends from without.
- n. In large private houses, a sitting room for the family and for familiar guests, -- a room for less formal uses than the drawing-room. Esp., in modern times, the dining room of a house having few apartments, as a London house, where the dining parlor is usually on the ground floor.
- n. Commonly, in the United States, a drawing-room, or the room where visitors are received and entertained; a room in a private house where people can sit and talk and relax, not usually the same as the dining room.
- n. A room in an inn or club where visitors can be received.
- n. reception room in an inn or club where visitors can be received
- n. a room in a private house or establishment where people can sit and talk and relax
- Old English parlour, parlur, French parloir, Late Latin parlatorium. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English parlur, from Old French, from parler, to talk; see parley. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“John Boehner, who looks like he suffers from a perennial case of ulcers and excessive visits to a tanning parlor, is leading the charge of his pale-faced Republicans.”
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