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parlor

[pahr-ler] /ˈpɑr lər/
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
1175-1225; Middle English parlur < Anglo-French; Old French parleor, equivalent to parl(er) to speak (see parle) + -eor -or2
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Examples from the web 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.
Word Origin and History for parlors

parlor

n.

c.1200, parlur, "window through which confessions were made," also "apartment in a monastery for conversations with outside persons;" from Old French parleor "courtroom, judgment hall, auditorium" (12c., Modern French parloir), from parler "to speak" (see parley (n.)).

Sense of "sitting room for private conversation" is late 14c.; that of "show room for a business" (e.g. ice cream parlor) first recorded 1884. As an adjective, "advocating radical views from a position of comfort," 1910.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for parlors

parlor

Related Terms

massage parlor, rap club, rub parlor


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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