from the French wordparloir, fromparler("to speak"), denotes an "audience chamber".
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 astattoo parlours.[verification needed]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", wine parlor, or, in at least one case, "Spaghetti parlor."The term Parlour has even been seen to describe a coffee shop as the "coffee parlor."
In 1 Samuel 9:22 in the Bible, the Revised Version reads "guest chamber", a chamber at the high place specially used forsacrificialfeasts.
The body of a recently deceased member of the household would be laid out in the parlour whilefuneralpreparations were made.
The Living Room
As a result of a twentieth-century effort by architects and decorators to strip the parlour of its burial andmourning associations, helped by the advent of funeral parlors, in most homes the parlour has been replaced by theliving room.