American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British Variant of parlor.
- n. A room for talking, especially the room in a monastery or convent where residents can talk with visitors.
- n. dated The living room of a house, or a room for entertaining guests.
- n. archaic 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Same as parlor.
- 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
- From Anglo-Norman parlur and Old French parleor, from the verb parler ("to speak"). (Wiktionary)
“Above this parlour is a small room, whose low ceiling is supported by beams, which was, in all probability, Madame de Broglie's bedroom.”
“This morning there has been a great deal of company here; but at the time appointed by Lord Orville, doubtless with that consideration, the parlour is almost always empty, as every body is dressing.”
“[Page 41] "Uppercross" the old-fashioned parlour is spoken of "with a small carpet and shining floor, to which the present daughters of the house were giving the proper air of confusion by a grand piano and a harp.”
“Awful red!" replied his mother -- "and they call their parlour a saloon.”
“In one, which I think they call his parlour, is a very antique cupboard; where, it is supposed, he deposited some precious part of his literary treasure.”
“The parlour is wanscoated and painted a Cedar Coullour.”
“/[Page 394] /parlour is new-papered and painted, it should be done properly, and proper painting takes a prodigious time; but I will see somebody to-morrow, to speak at least concerning the outside.”
“There seldom passed much talk between them; Linton learnt his lessons and spent his evenings in a small apartment they called the parlour; or else lay in bed all day; for he was constantly getting coughs, and colds, and aches, and pains of some sort.”
“There seldom passed much talk between them: Linton learnt his lessons and spent his evenings in a small apartment they called the parlour: or else lay in bed all day: for he was constantly getting coughs, and colds, and aches, and pains of some sort.”
“On the other hand, if you don't know the origins of the phrase "burning the candle at both ends" or why a parlour is called a parlour it's from the French parler, a place to talk then this will tell you in perfectly sprightly fashion.”
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