Definition of parlor car in US English:

parlor car


North American
  • A luxuriously fitted railroad car, typically with individually reserved seats.

    • ‘The cars illustrated in this article are the 600-627 series coaches converted by the C&O from the secondhand Pullman parlor cars.’
    • ‘(Never lacking for good metaphors, Brooks wrote that hedge funds were the ‘parlor cars on the new gravy train’).’
    • ‘There is also the body of a Northern Texas Traction parlor car, 409.’
    • ‘Those darn standard bedrooms are too small for a long trip (except on the Starlight - the parlour car and entertainment make a standard bedroom OK there), but at least the luggage rack was close by for extra storage.’
    • ‘There were 2 engines, baggage car, transition sleeper for staff, 3 sleeper cars, parlor car, dining car, lounge car and 4 coaches.’


parlor car

/ˈpɑrlər kɑr//ˈpärlər kär/