parlor

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See also: pärlor and parlør

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From Anglo-Norman parlur and Old French parleor, from the verb parler (to speak).

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parlor (plural parlors)

  1. The living room of a house, or a room for entertaining guests; a room for talking.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 12, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      So, after a spell, he decided to make the best of it and shoved us into the front parlor. 'Twas a dismal sort of place, with hair wreaths, and wax fruit, and tin lambrekins, and land knows what all.
  2. (archaic) The apartment in a monastery or nunnery where the residents are permitted to meet and converse with each other or with visitors from the outside.
  3. A room for lounging; a sitting-room; a drawing room.
  4. (archaic) A comfortable room in a public house.
  5. (chiefly Southern US) A covered open-air patio.
  6. A shop or other business selling goods specified by context.
  7. A shed used for milking cattle.

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