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The reception room or room for conversation in a convent. Hence also: †conversation (obsolete rare).
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in James Howell (?1594–1666), historian and political writer. From Italian parlatorio from parlat-, past participial stem of parlare + -orio. In some later uses perhaps after post-classical Latin parlatorium or Spanish parlatorio.
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