Older Use. a room for the reception and entertainment of visitors to one's home; living room.
a room, apartment, or building serving as a place of business for certain businesses or professions: funeral parlor; beauty parlor.
a somewhat private room in a hotel, club, or the like for relaxation, conversation, etc.; lounge.
Also called locutorium. a room in a monastery or the like where the inhabitants may converse with visitors or with each other.
advocating something, as a political view or doctrine, at a safe remove from actual involvement in or commitment to action: parlor leftism; parlor pink.
Also, especially British, parlour.

1175–1225; Middle English parlur < Anglo-French; Old French parleor, equivalent to parl(er) to speak (see parle) + -eor -or2 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
parlour or (US) parlor (ˈpɑːlə)
1.  old-fashioned a living room, esp one kept tidy for the reception of visitors
2.  a reception room in a priest's house, convent, etc
3.  a small room for guests away from the public rooms in an inn, club, etc
4.  chiefly (US), (Canadian), (NZ) a room or shop equipped as a place of business: a billiard parlor
5.  (Caribbean) a small shop, esp one selling cakes and nonalcoholic drinks
6.  Also called: milking parlour a building equipped for the milking of cows
[C13: from Anglo-Norman parlur, from Old French parleur room in convent for receiving guests, from parler to speak; see parley]
parlor or (US) parlor
[C13: from Anglo-Norman parlur, from Old French parleur room in convent for receiving guests, from parler to speak; see parley]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., parlur, from O.Fr. parleor (12c.), from parler "to speak" (see parley). Originally "window through which confessions were made," also "apartment in a monastery for conversations with outside persons;" sense of "sitting room for private conversation" is late 14c.;
that in ice cream parlor is first recorded 1884.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
His invention allowed him to stow his bed in his closet, transforming his
  one-room apartment from a bedroom into a parlor.
The parlor-maid keeps the drawing-room and library in order.
The house is illustrative of the evolution of a southern one-room brick
  structure into a hall-and-parlor plan house.
One pizza parlor now serves triangular pies on triangular platters.
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