Definition of parlor game in US English:

parlor game


  • An indoor game, especially a word game.

    • ‘The book opens with another of its themes, the parlor game Sincerity, in which players go around the table telling precisely three lies and one truth and points are earned for distinguishing between them.’
    • ‘But where would Christmas be without parlour games - and so this year, in the light, or indeed the gloom, of the previous conversation, we invent one called Mad Cow Escape.’
    • ‘Parts of the pantomime come directly from the parlour games which the Victorians, who have given us so much of our current-day celebration, absolutely loved.’
    • ‘There are a handful of games for children, a seemingly endless series of rehashes of Victorian parlor games, war games, and that's it.’
    • ‘There was fine food, parlour games and plenty of drink to beef up the party when an East Yorkshire farmer threw a birthday bash… for his beloved cow's 21st.’
    • ‘The exhibit features revised versions of classic board and parlour games which address the needs of people with disabilities.’
    • ‘In Central Australia it's either too hot or too cold to do anything else and I'm far too tired and grumpy for parlour games.’
    • ‘Goose is much more accessible as a parlor game than Labyrinth, and it lends itself to being a gambling game as much as family entertainment.’
    • ‘Adam and his wife invite the narrator to a party to play Mafia, a complicated parlor game, one followed by a more dangerous game emotionally called ‘I Never,’ a kind of truth-or-dare.’
    • ‘Common parlor games, like chess or poker, have well-specified rules and are generally zero-sum games, making cooperation with the other player unproductive.’
    • ‘She is constantly studying and she plays games - word games, parlour games and card games, to keep her mind sharp.’
    • ‘The last couple of series has been all table tipping, bells and whistles and all those Victorian parlour games made popular by the kind of mediums the late Harry Houdini made it his life's work to discredit.’
    • ‘Began as a parlour game in the 1880s, and the first UK Table Tennis Association was founded in 1901.’
    • ‘Some have inevitably questioned why a serious publication should be dabbling in such parlour games and the list's oversights have drawn comment - for instance, it features only 12 women.’
    • ‘Do you remember last summer, when this site indulged in a parlour game called Consequences?’
    • ‘The parlour game would be called ‘Musical persons in charge of meetings’.’
    • ‘We studied all the successful parlour games from the last century to see what attributes a compulsive game needed and we came up with Cranium.’
    • ‘Naming a British team has been a parlour game for years among the sort of football supporters who only part with their anoraks at bath time.’
    • ‘We play these parlour games, we play at make believe’
    • ‘Composing a Borgesian alternative biography for those forfeited years would make for the perfect parlour game if parlours, like Scottish writers of genius, still survived.’


parlor game

/ˈpärlər ɡām/