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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 ?
Burch said, if any sister would offer entertainment, they would pass the night, and have a parlor meeting in Riverboro to-morrow, with Mrs.
As they passed the parlor door Miranda thought she heard a crackle and looked in.
Directing the coachman to a place under the shed in the big, clean, tidy yard, with charred, old-fashioned ploughs in it, the old man asked Levin to come into the parlor.
The parlor was a big room, with a Dutch stove, and a screen dividing it into two.
Janet told me I could have the use of the parlor when any young men called
Now and then, however, when Violet and Peony happened to raise their voices, the words were as audible as if they had been spoken in the very parlor where the mother sat.
As she stepped nearer and peered longingly out, she saw something else: she saw, only a little way below the window, the wide, flat tin roof of Miss Polly's sun parlor built over the porte-cochere.
I passed along, and the parlor door was open; but I see there warn't nobody in there but the re- mainders of Peter; so I shoved on by; but the front door was locked, and the key wasn't there.
Twice he paused to snuff the air, and then anew directed his course towards the parlor window.
My voice had evidently reached the ears of somebody in the back parlor.
The party moved along the hall, the twins in advance, and entered the open parlor door, whence issued a low hum of conversation.
At the hotel they gave us rooms that were alarming, for size, and parlor to match.