Found 2 items, similar to parlor car.
English → English
Definition: parlor car
n : a passenger car for day travel; you pay extra fare for
individual chairs [syn: parlour car
, drawing-room car
, chair car
English → English
Definition: Parlor car
, 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 nunnery where the
inmates are permitted to meet and converse with each
other, or with visitors and friends from without.
(b) In large private houses, a sitting room for the family
and for familiar guests, -- a room for less formal
uses than the drawing-room. Esp., in modern times, the
dining room of a house having few apartments, as a
London house, where the dining parlor is usually on
the ground floor.
(c) Commonly, in the United States, a drawing-room, or the
room where visitors are received and entertained; a
room in a private house where people can sit and talk
and relax, not usually the same as the dining room.
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Note: “In England people who have a drawing-room no longer
call it a parlor, as they called it of old and till
2. A room in an inn or club where visitors can be received.
. See Palace car
, under Car
, n. [OF. car, char, F. cahr, fr. L. carrus, Wagon: a
Celtic word; cf. W. car, Armor. karr, Ir. & Gael. carr. cf.
1. A small vehicle moved on wheels; usually, one having but
two wheels and drawn by one horse; a cart.
2. A vehicle adapted to the rails of a railroad. [U. S.]
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
3. A chariot of war or of triumph; a vehicle of splendor,
dignity, or solemnity. [Poetic].
The gilded car of day. --Milton.
The towering car, the sable steeds. --Tennyson.
4. (Astron.) The stars also called Charles's Wain, the Great
Bear, or the Dipper.
The Pleiads, Hyads, and the Northern Car. --Dryden.
5. The cage of a lift or elevator.
6. The basket, box, or cage suspended from a balloon to
contain passengers, ballast, etc.
7. A floating perforated box for living fish. [U. S.]
, or Car coupler
, a shackle or other device
for connecting the cars in a railway train. [U. S.]
(Railroad), a car containing its own steam power
(Railrood), a car for the transportation of
merchandise or other goods. [U. S.]
(Railroad), a small car propelled by hand, used by
railroad laborers, etc. [U. S.]
, or Street car
, an omnibus car, draw by horses
or other power upon rails laid in the streets. [U. S.]
, Drawing-room car
, Sleeping car
, Parlor car
, etc. (Railroad), cars especially designed and furnished
for the comfort of travelers.
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