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1. A room in a private home set apart for the entertainment of visitors.
2. A small lounge or sitting room affording limited privacy, as at an inn or tavern.
3. A business establishment with one or more rooms equipped and furnished for a special function: a tanning parlor; a funeral parlor; an ice-cream parlor.

[Middle English parlur, from Old French, from parler, to talk; see parley.]


(ˈpɑr lər)

1. a room in a home for receiving visitors; living room.
2. a shop or business establishment: ice-cream parlor; beauty parlor.
3. a somewhat private room in a hotel, club, or the like for relaxation, conversation, etc.; lounge.
4. advocating a political view or doctrine at a safe remove from actual involvement or commitment to action: parlor socialist.
Also, esp. Brit.,parlour.
[1175–1225; Middle English parlur < Anglo-French; Old French parleor=parl(er) to speak (see parley) + -eor -or2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.parlor - reception room in an inn or club where visitors can be receivedparlor - reception room in an inn or club where visitors can be received
reception room - a room for receiving and entertaining visitors (as in a private house or hotel)
2.parlor - a room in a private house or establishment where people can sit and talk and relaxparlor - a room in a private house or establishment where people can sit and talk and relax
common room - a sitting room (usually at school or university)
dwelling, dwelling house, habitation, home, abode, domicile - housing that someone is living in; "he built a modest dwelling near the pond"; "they raise money to provide homes for the homeless"
morning room - a sitting room used during the daylight hours
room - an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling; "the rooms were very small but they had a nice view"
salon - elegant sitting room where guests are received


(American) parlor (ˈpaːlə) noun
1. a room in a (usually small) house used for sitting in and for entertaining guests.
2. room(s) for customers usually of firms providing particular services. a beauty parlo(u)r; a funeral parlo(u)r.
ˈparlour-maid noun
a female servant who opens the door to visitors, serves tea etc.
References in classic literature ?
Beth trotted to and fro between parlor kitchen, quiet and busy, while Amy gave directions to everyone, as she sat with her hands folded.
At other times she received him at the house and was given the use of the parlor for that purpose.
I find it hovering in the dining-room, skulking in the parlor, hiding in the hall, lying in wait for me on the stairs.
An upright piano, brought from Sacramento, occupied the corner of the parlor.
Then--as if the only barrier betwixt herself and the world had been thrown down, and a flood of evil consequences would come tumbling through the gap--she fled into the inner parlor, threw herself into the ancestral elbow-chair, and wept.
In one corner stood a huge bag of wool, ready to be spun; in another, a quantity of linsey-woolsey just from the loom; ears of Indian corn, and strings of dried apples and peaches, hung in gay festoons along the walls, mingled with the gaud of red peppers; and a door left ajar gave him a peep into the best parlor, where the claw-footed chairs and dark mahogany tables shone like mirrors; andirons, with their accompanying shovel and tongs, glistened from their covert of asparagus tops; mock- oranges and conch - shells decorated the mantelpiece; strings of various-colored birds eggs were suspended above it; a great ostrich egg was hung from the centre of the room, and a corner cupboard, knowingly left open, displayed immense treasures of old silver and well-mended china.
Not always, though: Ledyard, the great New England traveller, and Mungo Park, the Scotch one; of all men, they possessed the least assurance in the parlor.
I say, that the motion of a Sperm Whale's flukes above water dispenses a perfume, as when a musk-scented lady rustles her dress in a warm parlor.
There was more agony and another paper for Elzbieta to sign, and then one night when Jurgis came home, he was told the breathless tidings that the furniture had arrived and was safely stowed in the house: a parlor set of four pieces, a bedroom set of three pieces, a dining room table and four chairs, a toilet set with beautiful pink roses painted all over it, an assortment of crockery, also with pink roses--and so on.
and, putting them together, he threw them into her lap, and drew Miss Ophelia with him into the parlor.
At the hotel they gave us rooms that were alarming, for size, and parlor to match.
As soon as I was in the old gentleman he locked the door and barred it and bolted it, and told the young men to come in with their guns, and they all went in a big parlor that had a new rag carpet on the floor, and got together in a corner that was out of the range of the front windows -- there warn't none on the side.