What does parlour mean?

Definitions for parlour
ˈpɑr lərpar·lour

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. parlor, parlournoun

    reception room in an inn or club where visitors can be received

  2. living room, living-room, sitting room, front room, parlor, parlournoun

    a room in a private house or establishment where people can sit and talk and relax


  1. parlournoun

    A room for talking, especially the room in a monastery or convent where residents can talk with visitors.

  2. parlournoun

    The living room of a house, or a room for entertaining guests.

  3. parlournoun

    A comfortable room in a public house.

  4. parlournoun

    A shop or other business selling goods specified by context.

  5. parlournoun

    A shed used for milking cattle.

  6. Etymology: From parlur and Old French parleor, from the verb parler.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Parlournoun

    Etymology: parloir, French; parlatorio, Italian.

    Can we judge it a thing seemly for a man to go about the building of an house to the God of heaven, with no other appearance than if his end were to rear up a kitchen or a parlour for his own use? Richard Hooker.

    Back again fair Alma led them right,
    And soon into a goodly parlour brought. Fairy Queen.

    It would be infinitely more shameful, in the dress of the kitchen, to receive the entertainments of the parlour. South.

    Roof and sides were like a parlour made,
    A soft recess, and a cool summer shade. Dryden.


  1. Parlour

    A parlour (or parlor) is a reception room or public space. In medieval Christian Europe, the "outer parlour" was the room where the monks or nuns conducted business with those outside the monastery and the "inner parlour" was used for necessary conversation between resident members. In the English-speaking world of the 18th and 19th century, having a parlour room was evidence of social status.


  1. parlour

    A parlour is usually defined as a room in a house or building for entertaining guests or a place where a specific type of service is provided. This may include a beauty parlor, an ice cream parlour, or a funeral parlor. It stems from an older use of the term referring to a space specifically set aside for conversation and socializing.


  1. Parlour

    Parlour is a name used for a variety of different reception rooms and public spaces in different historical periods.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parlour

    pär′lur, n. an ordinary family sitting-room: a room for receiving guests in.—n. Par′lour-board′er, a pupil at a boarding-school who enjoys particular privileges. [Fr., parloirparler, to speak.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Parlour

    Originally the apartment reserved for visitors where conversation could be indulged undisturbed. See “Parliament.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parlour in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parlour in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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