A parlor decorated for Christmas.
- 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.
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.
- 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 of a specified kind, often with some special equipment or furnishings for personal services: a beauty parlor, tattoo parlor, off-track betting parlor
Origin of parlorMiddle English parlour ; from Old French parleor ; from parler: see parley
Brit. sp. par′lour
- 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 of parlorMiddle English parlur, from Old French, from parler, to talk; see parley.
- The living room of a house, or a room for entertaining guests; a room for talking.
- (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.
- A room for lounging; a sitting-room; a drawing room.
- (archaic) A comfortable room in a public house.
- (chiefly southern US) A covered open-air patio.
- A shop or other business selling goods specified by context.
- A shed used for milking cattle.
From Anglo-Norman parlur and Old French parleor, from the verb parler (“to speak").