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 Webster]

2. A vehicle adapted to the rails of a railroad. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]

Note: In England a railroad passenger car is called a railway carriage; a freight car a goods wagon; a platform car a goods truck; a baggage car a van. But styles of car introduced into England from America are called cars; as, tram car. Pullman car. See {Train}. [1913 Webster]

3. A chariot of war or of triumph; a vehicle of splendor, dignity, or solemnity. [Poetic]. [1913 Webster]

The gilded car of day. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The towering car, the sable steeds. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

4. (Astron.) The stars also called Charles's Wain, the Great Bear, or the Dipper. [1913 Webster]

The Pleiads, Hyads, and the Northern Car. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

5. The cage of a lift or elevator. [1913 Webster]

6. The basket, box, or cage suspended from a balloon to contain passengers, ballast, etc. [1913 Webster]

7. A floating perforated box for living fish. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]

{Car coupling}, or {Car coupler}, a shackle or other device for connecting the cars in a railway train. [U. S.]

{Dummy car} (Railroad), a car containing its own steam power or locomotive.

{Freight car} (Railrood), a car for the transportation of merchandise or other goods. [U. S.]

{Hand car} (Railroad), a small car propelled by hand, used by railroad laborers, etc. [U. S.]

{Horse car}, or {Street car}, an omnibus car, draw by horses or other power upon rails laid in the streets. [U. S.]

{Palace car}, {Drawing-room car}, {Sleeping car}, {Parlor car}, etc. (Railroad), cars especially designed and furnished for the comfort of travelers. [1913 Webster] ||


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • 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… …   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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