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parlor car

a railroad passenger car that has individual reserved seats and is more comfortable than a day coach.
Origin of parlor car
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Dr. Blake refrained from calling her attention to the general flutter of the parlor-car and the industry of two porters.

    The House of Mystery William Henry Irwin
  • "Get my bag from seat 12, parlor-car," said Dr. Blake to the porter.

    The House of Mystery William Henry Irwin
  • De Witt had engaged the whole forward section of the parlor-car, and they were entirely secluded from all the rest of the train.

    Rejected of Men Howard Pyle
  • For health, this was a different creature from the one whom he had studied in the parlor-car.

    The House of Mystery William Henry Irwin
  • How far we have got from that gentle pair with whom we began peering into the parlor-car in Portland, Maine!

    Imaginary Interviews W. D. Howells
  • Think of Jathrop being a cat overnight and coming in a parlor-car next day!

  • The professor was in the smoking-car, his daughter and Florian in the parlor-car.

    Double Trouble Herbert Quick
  • A big eastern road has just begun to follow this parlor-car practice.

    The Railroad Problem Edward Hungerford
  • As the train was to be a light one, consisting of a buffet-car and a parlor-car, the party could not be very large.

    Aladdin & Co. Herbert Quick
  • We went into the parlor-car, and talked over old times and new for an hour.

    Aladdin & Co. Herbert Quick
British Dictionary definitions for parlor-car

parlor car

(in the US and Canada) a comfortable railway coach with individual reserved seats
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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