Parlor car
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. --Piers Plowman. (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. [1913 Webster]

2. A room in an inn or club where visitors can be received. [WordNet 1.5]

{Parlor car}. See {Palace car}, under {Car}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Parlor car — Car Car, n. [OF. car, char, F. cahr, fr. L. carrus, Wagon: a Celtic word; cf. W. car, Armor. karr, Ir. & Gael. carr. cf. {Chariot}.] 1. A small vehicle moved on wheels; usually, one having but two wheels and drawn by one horse; a cart. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • parlor car — parlor ,car noun count AMERICAN a railroad car with comfortable seats that you must RESERVE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • parlor car — ☆ parlor car n. a comfortable railroad passenger car with individual seats …   English World dictionary

  • parlor car — Synonyms and related words: Pullman, Pullman car, baggage car, boxcar, caboose, car, carriage, chair car, coach, coal car, covered waggon, day coach, diner, dinghy, dining car, drawing room, flat, flatcar, gondola, local, luggage van, mail car,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • parlor car — noun a passenger car for day travel; you pay extra fare for individual chairs • Syn: ↑parlour car, ↑drawing room car, ↑palace car, ↑chair car • Hypernyms: ↑passenger car, ↑coach, ↑carriage …   Useful english dictionary

  • parlor car — par′lor car n. rai a railroad passenger car that has individual reserved seats and is more comfortable than a day coach • Etymology: 1855–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • parlor car — noun Date: 1868 an extra fare railroad passenger car for day travel equipped with individual chairs …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • parlor car — a railroad passenger car that has individual reserved seats and is more comfortable than a day coach. [1855 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • parlor car — train passenger car with individual reserved seats (an extra fee is charged for the ndividual reserved seats) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • parlor car — A car upon a train for the accommodation of first class passengers, where beverages and like refreshments may be obtained …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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