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Definition of "parlour" []

  • Chiefly British Variant of parlor. (noun)
  • A living room, esp one kept tidy for the reception of visitors (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A reception room in a priest's house, convent, etc (noun)
  • A small room for guests away from the public rooms in an inn, club, etc (noun)
  • A room or shop equipped as a place of business (noun)
  • A small shop, esp one selling cakes and nonalcoholic drinks (noun)
  • A building equipped for the milking of cows (noun)

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Use "parlour" in a sentence
  • "Above this parlour is a small room, whose low ceiling is supported by beams, which was, in all probability, Madame de Broglie's bedroom."
  • "This morning there has been a great deal of company here; but at the time appointed by Lord Orville, doubtless with that consideration, the parlour is almost always empty, as every body is dressing."
  • "There seldom passed much talk between them: Linton learnt his lessons and spent his evenings in a small apartment they called the parlour: or else lay in bed all day: for he was constantly getting coughs, and colds, and aches, and pains of some sort."