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  1. parlor game, parlour gamenoun

    a game suitable for playing in a parlor


  1. parlor game

    A parlour or parlor game is a group game played indoors using speech (from French Parler). They were often played in a parlour. These games were extremely popular among the upper and middle classes in the United Kingdom and in the United States during the Victorian era. The Victorian age is sometimes considered the "Golden Age" of the parlour game. During the 19th century, the upper and middle classes had more leisure time than people of previous generations. This led to the creation of a variety of parlour games to allow these gentlemen and ladies to amuse themselves at small parties. Boxed parlour games were very popular from around 1920 until into the 1960s, especially around Christmas. Parlour games competed for attention with the mass media, particularly radio, movies, and television. Though decreased in popularity, parlour games continue to be played. Some remain nearly identical to their Victorian ancestors; others have been transformed into board games such as Balderdash. Many parlour games involve logic or word-play. Others are more physical games, but not to the extent of a sport or exercise. Some also involve dramatic skill, such as in charades. Most do not require any equipment beyond what would be available in a typical parlour - ie the functioning mouths of the participants. Parlour games are usually competitive, but cumulative scores are not usually kept. The length and ending time of the game is typically not set; play continues until the players decide to end the game. Parlour games are also interchangeably used with carnival games such as, but not limited to, "ping pong toss", "dart throwing", "strong man", and "dunk water". These can be played either indoors or outdoors and is usually accompanied with a token prize (i.e. stuffed animal) upon winning.


  1. parlor game

    A parlor game is a group game that is typically played indoors in a large room or parlor. These games usually require little to no physical exertion and often rely on mental proficiency, such as wit, strategy, or knowledge. Many parlor games involve elements of role-play, guessing, or humor. They are often played at social gatherings for entertainment. Some examples of parlor games are charades, Pictionary, and murder mystery games.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parlor game in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parlor game in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of parlor game in a Sentence

  1. Pete Buttigieg:

    There's a classic parlor game of trying to find a little bit of daylight between running mates, if people want to play that game we could look into why an evangelical Christian like Vice President Mike Pence wants to be on a ticket with a president caught with a porn star.

  2. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich:

    It’s an amusing parlor game, it has no meaning in the real world, if they want to form the let’s elect Hillary Clinton club, fine.

  3. Paul Cohen:

    This is a parlor game for humans, but a tremendous challenge for computers, to do it well, the machine must keep track of the ideas in the story, then generate an idea about how to extend the story and express this idea in language.

  4. Mike Pompeo:

    Ludicrous ; Washington DC parlor game, this is the thing that the American people need to understand about Washington DC : It makes stuff up. It was wholly unfounded.


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