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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n parlor a room in a private house or establishment where people can sit and talk and relax
    • n parlor reception room in an inn or club where visitors can be received
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1945, the first "floating ice cream parlor" was built for sailors in the western Pacific. This "floating ice cream parlour" could produce ten gallons of ice cream every seven seconds
    • Parlor A room for business or social conversation, for the reception of guests, etc.
    • Parlor A room in an inn or club where visitors can be received.
    • Parlor Commonly, in the United States, a drawing-room, or the room where visitors are received and entertained; a room in a private house where people can sit and talk and relax, not usually the same as the dining room.
    • Parlor In large private houses, a sitting room for the family and for familiar guests, -- a room for less formal uses than the drawing-room. Esp., in modern times, the dining room of a house having few apartments, as a London house, where the dining parlor is usually on the ground floor.
    • Parlor The apartment in a monastery or nunnery where the inmates are permitted to meet and converse with each other, or with visitors and friends from without.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Americans spend more than $5 billion a year on cosmetics, toiletries, beauty parlors and barber shops.
    • n parlor Originally, a room set apart from the great hall for private conference and conversation; a withdrawing-room. It finally became the public room of a private house. See def. 3.
    • n parlor An apartment in a convent, asylum, inn, hospital, hotel, boarding-school, or the like, in which the inmates are permitted to meet and converse with visitors.
    • n parlor A room in a private house set apart for the conversational entertainment of guests; a reception-room; a drawing-room; also, in Great Britain, the common sitting-room or keeping-room of a family, as distinguished from a drawing-room intended for the reception of company. In the United States, where the word drawing-room is little used, parlor is the general term for the room used for the reception of guests.
    • n parlor Vulgarly, any room more or less “elegantly” or showily furnished or fitted up, and devoted to some specific purpose: as, tonsorial parlors; a photographer's parlors; oyster parlors; misfit parlors.
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  • George Ade
    George Ade
    “For parlor use, the vague generality is a life saver.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. parlour, parlur, F. parloir, LL. parlatorium,. See Parley


In literature:

Anne, the little maid, put in her head at the parlor door.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
Sometime, when she had a chance, she would come to the parlor and talk with the knife.
"The Cat in Grandfather's House" by Carl Henry Grabo
Our parlor looks so common!
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
The room to which he was shown was the parlor, sitting-room, and kitchen of the cottage.
"The Coming Wave" by Oliver Optic
The front parlor was turned into an audience-room, and a platform was raised a little in the back parlor almost like a stage.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Next to the parlor was the sleeping chamber.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
She had come home in a state of utter exhaustion, and she longed to run away from the parlor and hide.
"In Blue Creek Cañon" by Anna Chapin Ray
Clara was waiting for him in the little parlor below.
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
I found Mr. G. in a very decided chill on the sofa in front of the parlor fire.
"Letters from Port Royal" by Various
The one on the right was plainly the parlor.
"A Lieutenant at Eighteen" by Oliver Optic
The ceremony took place in the parlor, in the presence of the family and a number of guests.
"Behind the Scenes" by Elizabeth Keckley
Harry suddenly stands in the parlor door, looking very grave, and very quiet.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
The parlor was the room in which they assembled on these occasions.
"Jack" by Alphonse Daudet
Perhaps we had better adjourn to the parlor, and after asking divine guidance take our departure.
"Peck's Sunshine Being a Collection of Articles Written for Peck's Sun, Milwaukee, Wis. - 1882" by George W. Peck
Leave it here, a parlor's the place for a piano.
"Six Girls" by Fannie Belle Irving
You see, he stumbled in on me in the dark when I was pumping away at that old parlor organ to please Mrs. Lockhart.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
This method is quite suitable for parlor games, where it is much used.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
He made the small parlor appear smaller than ever, when he entered it.
"That Lass O' Lowrie's" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Immediately after early tea, between five and six o'clock, Mrs. Clavering called Kitty into the oak parlor.
"A Bunch of Cherries" by L. T. Meade
It was in the parlor between the front windows.
"Prince and Rover of Cloverfield Farm" by Helen Fuller Orton

In poetry:

Mistus prayed up in the parlor,
That the Secesh all might win;
We were praying in the cabins,
Wanting freedom to begin.
"The Deliverance" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Prince, a precept I'd leave for you,
Coined in Eden, existing yet:
Skirt the parlor, and shun the zoo-
Women and elephants never forget.
"Ballade Of Unfortunate Mammals" by Dorothy Parker
The old clock down in the parlor
Like a sleepless mourner grieves,
And the seconds drip in the silence
As the rain drips from the eaves.
"In The Dark" by James Whitcomb Riley
"'Do they set me a chair near the table
When evening's home-pleasures are nigh?--
When the candles are lit in the parlor.
And the stars in the calm azure sky.'"...
"The Hired Man And Floretty" by James Whitcomb Riley
Restless at times with heavy strides
He paces his parlor to and fro;
He is like a ship that at anchor rides,
And swings with the rising and falling tides,
And tugs at her anchor-tow.
"A Dutch Picture. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Never a handsomer house was seen beneath the sun:
Kitchen and parlor and bedroom--we had 'em all in one;
And the fat old wooden clock that we bought when we come West,
Was tickin' away in the corner there, and doin' its level best.
"Out Of The Old House, Nancy" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

The Chinese condiment made from dried seafood and chiles highlights the turnip cake from the recently reopened Nom Wah Tea Parlor , now brightly outfitted with a '60s diner decor and revamped menu.
Nom Wah Tea Parlor on Doyers Street in Chinatown.
LA-based firm Studio Collective transforms unused space at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel into the Spare Room, a turn-of-the-century gaming parlor and bowling alley overlooking the city's most famous boulevard.
BOSTON — A Boston-based gourmet pizza parlor chain that has struggled with labor troubles, financial problems, and ownership disputes, has filed for bankruptcy protection.
BOSTON — A Boston-based gourmet pizza parlor chain that has struggled with labor troubles, financial problems and ownership disputes has filed for bankruptcy protection.
Read our story on 24 of the city's best pizza parlors and get a look inside them in this gallery.
Chris Keller got a taste for the restaurant and hospitality business when he was a 15-year-old kid working at a New Jersey pizza parlor.
Legislation advanced to regulate sweepstakes parlors.
Sources are saying that Brad and Angelina reportedly love to take their kids to a pizza parlor and let them have food fights.
Jason has been a Strip regular for so long that he can remember when a lone Chinese parlor offered the only sit-down Asian food to be had there.
An ordinance prohibiting hookah parlors in the city will be drafted, the El Centro City Council decided Tuesday.
Hookah parlors aren't listed in the city's ordinance, said Community Development Director Norma Villicaña, and as a result they are prohibited.
Events Buttermilk Road Sunday Supper Returns to Barista Parlor.
The search for Michigan's Best Ice Cream Parlor begins Sunday.
Chad Price doesn't mind the state wanting to regulate Internet cafes and sweepstakes parlors.

In science:

The small-world effect also underlies some well-known parlor games, particularly the calculation of Erd˝os numbers [107] and Bacon numbers.10 On the other hand, the small-world effect is also mathematically obvious.
The structure and function of complex networks
And as conjectured, formalized rules of parlor games like chess are also games in game-theoretic terms.
If more than Analytical Modeling is Needed to Predict Real Agents' Strategic Interaction
The game description of the parlor game Nim needs in PNSI much less space than in GDL-II .
If more than Analytical Modeling is Needed to Predict Real Agents' Strategic Interaction