Words and phrases come and go like names. Some are popular for a few years and then they seem “old.” Parlor is such a word. My grandmother used it, but now it is almost a non-word.
For those under 50 (60?) here are some definitions:
A room to receive and entertain visitors in the home. A sitting room. (sometimes synonymous with living room)
A room or building that serves as a place of business such as funeral parlor, beauty parlor, ice cream parlor or tattoo parlor. (What an odd mix)
A lounge in a hotel or club.
Research tells me the word parlor was derived from the French word parloir, meaning “to speak”–or an audience chamber.
A digression: I grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It was known as the “Parlor City” when I was young. Now, no one knows what that means. Some years ago, the title was changed to Cedar Rapids—The City of Five Seasons. Supposedly, the fifth season is one to enjoy the other four. Say what? That is almost as bad as parlor.
Many locals call it the city of five smells. You will have to ask a local about this, but it does smell but not nearly as bad as in the earlier years.