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parlour

(US), parlor
1. Old-fashioned a living room, esp one kept tidy for the reception of visitors
2. a reception room in a priest's house, convent, etc.
3. Chiefly US, Canadian, and NZ a room or shop equipped as a place of business
4. Caribbean a small shop, esp one selling cakes and nonalcoholic drinks
References in classic literature ?
Peggotty and I were sitting one night by the parlour fire, alone.
There was a red velvet footstool in the best parlour, on which my mother had painted a nosegay.
And I recollect two bursting to the opposite side of the parlour, while she was hugging me.
In the parlour Mrs Verloc observed, with knowledge:
In the afternoon of the same day, as Mr Verloc, coming with a start out of the last of a long series of dozes before the parlour fire, declared his intention of going out for a walk, Winnie said from the shop:
She did not raise her eyes, but as Mr Verloc, silent, and with his hat rammed down upon his forehead, made straight for the parlour door, she said serenely:
You and me'll just go back into the parlour, sonny, and get behind the door, and we'll give Bill a little surprise--bless his 'art, I say again.
So saying, the stranger backed along with me into the parlour and put me behind him in the corner so that we were both hidden by the open door.
I ran to fetch it, but I was quite unsteadied by all that had fallen out, and I broke one glass and fouled the tap, and while I was still getting in my own way, I heard a loud fall in the parlour, and running in, beheld the captain lying full length upon the floor.
If the dark little parlour had been filled with a dense fog, which, clearing away in an instant, left it all radiance and brightness, it could not have been more suddenly cheered than by this outbreak on the part of the hearty locksmith.
But in answer to the third, which was of a more vigorous kind, the parlour window-sash was gently raised, and a musical voice cried:
There was a gentleman in the parlour, who perhaps could tell them more.