- The definition of a parlor is a room that is set aside for conversation or receiving guests, or a shop that provides a specific service.
- A formal living room in your home where you invite company to sit and chat when they come over for Christmas dinner is an example of a parlor.
- A business that conducts funerals is an example of a funeral parlor.
A parlor decorated for Christmas.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- Archaic a room set aside for the entertainment of guests; formal sitting room
- Old-fashioned any living room
- a small, semiprivate sitting room or meeting room apart from the main lounges in a hotel, inn, etc.
- Old-fashioned a business establishment elegantly furnished to resemble a private sitting room: an ice-cream parlor
- now, a shop or business establishment, often with some special equipment or furnishings for personal services: a beauty parlor
Origin: Middle English parlour from Old French parleor from parler: see parley
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- A room in a private home set apart for the entertainment of visitors.
- A small lounge or sitting room affording limited privacy, as at an inn or tavern.
- A room equipped and furnished for a special function or business: a tanning parlor.
Origin: Middle English parlur, from Old French, from parler, to talk; see parley.