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Parlour (or parlor), from the French word parloir, from parler ("to speak"), denotes an "audience chamber". It corresponds to what the Turks call a kiosk, as in Judges 3:20 in the Bible (the "summer parlour"), or as in the margin of the Revised Version ("the upper chamber of cooling"), a small room built on the roof of the house, with open windows to catch the breeze, and having a door communicating with the outside by which persons seeking an audience may be admitted.

In parts of the United Kingdom and the United States, parlours are common names for certain types of food service houses, restaurants (i.e. "ice cream parlour" and "pizza parlour") or special service areas, such as tattoo parlours. The dialect-specific usage of this term (i.e. as opposed to "ice cream shop" or "pizzeria") varies by region. "Parlour" is also used in other settings, such as "Beer parlor"[1], wine parlor[2], or, in at least one case, "Spaghetti parlor."[3]The term Parlour has even been seen to describe a coffee shop as the "coffee parlor."[4]

The "inner parlours" in 1 Chronicles 28:11 in the Bible were the small rooms or chambers which Solomon built all round two sides and one end of the Temple (1 Kings 6:5), "side chambers", or they may have been, as some think, the porch and the holy place.

In 1 Samuel 9:22 in the Bible, the Revised Version reads "guest chamber", a chamber at the high place specially used for sacrificial feasts.

In medieval Christian usage, the parlour was one of two rooms in a monastery. The 'outer parlour' was the room where the monks or nuns could receive a visitor and conduct business with outsiders. It was generally located in the west range of the buildings of the cloister, close to the main entrance. The 'inner parlour' was located off the cloister next to the chapter house in the east range of the monastery. Most orders required a general silence in the cloister, which was the place where the monks engaged in study, and the inner parlour was a convenient place for the monks to engage in conversation freely.

In modern use, the parlour is a formal sitting room in a large house or mansion. In the late nineteenth century, it was often a formal room used only on Sundays or special occasions, and closed during the week. The parlour contained a family's best furnishings, works of art and other display items. The body of a recently deceased member of the household would be laid out in the parlour while funeral preparations were made. As a result of a twentieth-century effort by architects and decorators to strip the parlour of its burial and mourning associations, helped by the advent of funeral parlors, in most homes the parlour has been replaced by the living room.

References

  1. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=Frb2R6vZco0C&pg=PA100&dq="beer+parlor"&sig=ACfU3U1dqti31dAO-P_DH-zawoY9VeAuIg
  2. ^ http://www.sfiwineparlor.com/
  3. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=Ca-ZlRfqiTYC&pg=PA181&lpg=PA181&dq="gene's+spaghetti+parlor"&source=web&ots=LYBdHWJFOB&sig=NwQiLd58EOkECYhwVIua6aZ5sdY&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result
  4. ^ http://www.thecoffeeparlor.com

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This article incorporates text from Easton's Bible Dictionary (1897), a publication now in the public domain.

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(from the Fr. parler, "to speak") denotes an "audience chamber," but that is not the import of the Hebrew word so rendered. It corresponds to what the Turks call a kiosk, as in Judg. 3:20 (the "summer parlour"), or as in the margin of the Revised Version ("the upper chamber of cooling"), a small room built on the roof of the house, with open windows to catch the breeze, and having a door communicating with the outside by which persons seeking an audience may be admitted. While Eglon was resting in such a parlour, Ehud, under pretence of having a message from God to him, was admitted into his presence, and murderously plunged his dagger into his body (21, 22).

The "inner parlours" in 1 Chr. 28:11 were the small rooms or chambers which Solomon built all round two sides and one end of the temple (1 Kings 6:5), "side chambers;" or they may have been, as some think, the porch and the holy place.

In 1 Sam. 9:22 the Revised Version reads "guest chamber," a chamber at the high place specially used for sacrificial feasts.

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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Parlour (or parlor), comes from the French word parloir, from parler, which means "to speak". The parlour is a room in a house where people could meet. In Turkey it is called a kiosk. The Bible (Judges 3:20), talks about the "summer parlour", a small room built on the roof of the house, with open windows to catch the breeze. It has a door to the outside by which visitors can enter.

In parts of Great Britain and the United States, parlour is a common name for certain types of restaurants such as "ice cream parlour" and "pizza parlour". There are also "Beer parlors"[1], wine parlors[2], or, in at least one case, a "spaghetti parlor."[3] The word parlour has even been used to describe a coffee shop as the "coffee parlor."[4] It can also mean a special service business, such as a tattoo parlour.

The "inner parlours" in 1 Chronicles 28:11 in the Bible were the small rooms or chambers which Solomon built all round two sides and one end of the Temple (1 Kings 6:5). Some people think the inner parlours may have been the porch and the holy place.

In medieval Christian usage, the parlour was one of two rooms in a monastery. The 'outer parlour' was the room where the monks or nuns could meet a visitor and do business with people from outside the monastery. It was generally in the west range of the buildings of the cloister, close to the main entrance. The 'inner parlour' was found off the cloister, next to the chapter house in the east range of the monastery. Most religious orders wanted silence in the cloister, which was the place where the monks studied. The inner parlour was a place where the monks could talk without disturbing the others in the cloister.

In modern use, the parlour is a formal sitting room in a large house or mansion. In the late 19th century, it was often a formal room used only on Sundays or special occasions, and closed during the week. The family kept their best furniture, works of art and other things on display in the parlour. The body of someone who died would be put on show in the parlour while funeral was being organized. During the 20th century, architects and decorators have changed the use of the room. In most homes the parlour has been replaced by the living room.

References

  1. http://books.google.com/books?id=Frb2R6vZco0C&pg=PA100&dq="beer+parlor"&sig=ACfU3U1dqti31dAO-P_DH-zawoY9VeAuIg
  2. http://www.sfiwineparlor.com/
  3. http://books.google.com/books?id=Ca-ZlRfqiTYC&pg=PA181&lpg=PA181&dq="gene's+spaghetti+parlor"&source=web&ots=LYBdHWJFOB&sig=NwQiLd58EOkECYhwVIua6aZ5sdY&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result
  4. http://www.thecoffeeparlor.com

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