[syn: living room, living-room, sitting room, front room, parlor, parlour]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Parlor \Par"lor\, n. [OE. parlour, parlur, F. parloir, LL.
parlatorium. See Parley.] [Written also parlour.]
1. A room for business or social conversation, for the
reception of guests, etc. Specifically:
(a) 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.
(b) 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.
(c) 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.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
Note: "In England people who have a drawing-room no longer
call it a parlor, as they called it of old and till
recently." --Fitzed. Hall.
2. A room in an inn or club where visitors can be received.
Parlor car. See Palace car, under Car.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: reception room in an inn or club where visitors can be
received [syn: parlor, parlour]
2: a room in a private house or establishment where people can
sit and talk and relax [syn: living room, living-room,
sitting room, front room, parlor, parlour]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
44 Moby Thesaurus words for "parlor":
agency, atelier, barbershop, beauty parlor, beauty shop, bench,
best room, butcher shop, company, concern, corporation, desk,
drawing room, establishment, facility, firm, foreroom, front room,
house, installation, institution, living room, loft, lounge,
organization, reception room, salon, saloon, shop, sitting room,
solarium, studio, sun parlor, sunroom, sweatshop, work site,
work space, workbench, workhouse, working space, workplace,
workroom, workshop, worktable