A parlor is a small room near the front door of a house, set off from the foyer, perhaps with a sofa or a few chairs. This is where you greet your guests. Parlor is also used for some very specific businesses, like an ice cream parlor. The parlor car on a train has seats with a little more space than cabin seats. What do all of these parlors have in common? People talk there. Just think about the chatter in a beauty parlor. But the original parlor was the part of a monastery where monks could meet with people from the outside. A parlor was even briefly was used as the window where confessions were given. Our word parlor, is from the French parler, meaning “to speak.”
September 10, 2010
Word of the Day: parlorPosted by MSLO Blogger
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