1. A room in a private home set apart for the entertainment of visitors.
2. A small lounge or sitting room affording limited privacy, as at an inn or tavern.
3. A business establishment with one or more rooms equipped and furnished for a special function: a tanning parlor; a funeral parlor; an ice-cream parlor.
[Middle English parlur, from Old French, from parler, to talk; see PARLEY.]
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