Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British Variant of parlor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A room for talking, especially the room in a monastery or convent where residents can talk with visitors.
  • n. The living room of a house, or a room for entertaining guests.
  • n. A comfortable room in a public house.
  • n. A shop or other business selling goods specified by context.
  • n. A shed used for milking cattle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as parlor.
  • n. A room in an inn or club where visitors can be received.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

From Anglo-Norman parlur and Old French parleor, from the verb parlerĀ ("to speak"). (Wiktionary)

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  • See all the Night Owls when they gather 'neath the neon lights
    They've been sleeping all day long, now they come alive
    See all the Night Owls when they gather, dressed up to the nines
    They're out to party and they'll keep it going 'til the morning light

    Blue-eyed boy is taking Cinderella for a ride
    Promising a glimpse of paradise
    "Come into my parlour"
    says the spider to the fly
    "We'll fake the game of passion
    and ward off all the nonsense in our lives".


    (Night owls, by Vaya con Dios)

    (Sorry if the quote is so long, I just wanted to give a context)

    June 24, 2008