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 for Parlor car
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Parlor \Par"lor\, 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.
            --Piers Plowman.
        (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.
            [1913 Webster +PJC]
     Note: "In England people who have a drawing-room no longer
           call it a parlor, as they called it of old and till
           recently." --Fitzed. Hall.
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     2. A room in an inn or club where visitors can be received.
        [WordNet 1.5]
     Parlor car. See Palace car, under Car.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Car \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.
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     2. A vehicle adapted to the rails of a railroad. [U. S.]
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     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.
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     3. A chariot of war or of triumph; a vehicle of splendor,
        dignity, or solemnity. [Poetic].
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              The gilded car of day.                --Milton.
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              The towering car, the sable steeds.   --Tennyson.
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     4. (Astron.) The stars also called Charles's Wain, the Great
        Bear, or the Dipper.
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              The Pleiads, Hyads, and the Northern Car. --Dryden.
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     5. The cage of a lift or elevator.
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     6. The basket, box, or cage suspended from a balloon to
        contain passengers, ballast, etc.
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     7. A floating perforated box for living fish. [U. S.]
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     Car coupling, or Car coupler, a shackle or other device
        for connecting the cars in a railway train. [U. S.]
     Dummy car (Railroad), a car containing its own steam power
        or locomotive.
     Freight car (Railrood), a car for the transportation of
        merchandise or other goods. [U. S.]
     Hand car (Railroad), a small car propelled by hand, used by
        railroad laborers, etc. [U. S.]
     Horse car, or Street car, an omnibus car, draw by horses
        or other power upon rails laid in the streets. [U. S.]
     Palace car, Drawing-room car, Sleeping car, Parlor
     car, etc. (Railroad), cars especially designed and furnished
        for the comfort of travelers.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  parlor car
      n 1: a passenger car for day travel; you pay extra fare for
           individual chairs [syn: parlor car, parlour car,
           drawing-room car, palace car, chair car]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  40 Moby Thesaurus words for "parlor car":
     Pullman, Pullman car, baggage car, boxcar, caboose, car, carriage,
     chair car, coach, coal car, covered waggon, day coach, diner,
     dinghy, dining car, drawing room, flat, flatcar, gondola, local,
     luggage van, mail car, mail van, palace car, passenger car,
     railway car, reefer, refrigerator car, roomette, saloon, sleeper,
     smoker, smoking car, stateroom, stockcar, tank, tender, truck, van,

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