Definition of parlour noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (especially US English parlor) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈpɑːlə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːrlər//
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  1. 1 (old-fashioned) a room in a private house for sitting in, entertaining visitors, etc.
  2. 2(in compounds) (especially North American English) a shop/store that provides particular goods or services a beauty/an ice-cream parlour see also funeral parlour, massage parlour
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Anglo-Norman French parlur ‘place for speaking’, from Latin parlare ‘speak’.Extra examples A fitness room, sauna, massage and beauty parlour are all available at a charge. Arkan owns the best ice-cream parlour in the city. a beauty/​massage parlour a/​an ice-cream/​pizza parlour