parlor

[pahr-ler]
noun
1.
Older Use. a room for the reception and entertainment of visitors to one's home; living room.
2.
a room, apartment, or building serving as a place of business for certain businesses or professions: funeral parlor; beauty parlor.
3.
a somewhat private room in a hotel, club, or the like for relaxation, conversation, etc.; lounge.
4.
Also called locutorium. a room in a monastery or the like where the inhabitants may converse with visitors or with each other.
adjective
5.
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.


Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English parlur < Anglo-French; Old French parleor, equivalent to parl(er) to speak (see parle) + -eor -or2

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parlor
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.
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Example sentences for parlors
Strangely enough, many of those stately mansions are now funeral parlors.
Farmers use any number of styles of milking parlors to milk dairy cattle.
There are many other styles of milking parlors which are less common.
In herringbone and parallel parlors, the milker generally milks one row at a time.
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