noun Chiefly British
Variant of parlor
- 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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