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parlour

[pahr-ler] /ˈpɑr lər/
noun, adjective, Chiefly British
1.
Usage note
See -or1.
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British Dictionary definitions for parlours

parlour

/ˈpɑːlə/
noun
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.
(mainly 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
Word Origin
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 and History for parlours

parlour

chiefly British English spelling of parlor (q.v.).

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parlours in the Bible

(from the Fr. parler, "to speak") denotes an "audience chamber," but that is not the import of the Hebrew word so rendered. It corresponds to what the Turks call a kiosk, as in Judg. 3:20 (the "summer parlour"), or as in the margin of the Revised Version ("the upper chamber of cooling"), a small room built on the roof of the house, with open windows to catch the breeze, and having a door communicating with the outside by which persons seeking an audience may be admitted. While Eglon was resting in such a parlour, Ehud, under pretence of having a message from God to him, was admitted into his presence, and murderously plunged his dagger into his body (21, 22). The "inner parlours" in 1 Chr. 28:11 were the small rooms or chambers which Solomon built all round two sides and one end of the temple (1 Kings 6:5), "side chambers;" or they may have been, as some think, the porch and the holy place. In 1 Sam. 9:22 the Revised Version reads "guest chamber," a chamber at the high place specially used for sacrificial feasts.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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