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parliamentarian one who is an authority on parliamentary rules and procedures, esp. one serving as such in an organization.
parliamentary of, concerning, or having a parliament. [3 definitions]
parlor a room in a house, hotel, restaurant, or the like for conversation or entertaining guests. [2 definitions]
parlormaid a maid who serves at table, answers the door, waits on guests, and the like.
parlous full of dangers or risks; perilous.
Parmesan a hard dry cheese made from skim milk and usu. grated to garnish other foods such as pasta.
parmigiana cooked with Parmesan cheese.
Parnassian of or pertaining to the art of poetry.
Parnassus Mount Parnassus, a mountain in central Greece that in classical times was associated with Apollo and the Muses. [3 definitions]
parochial of or concerning a church parish. [2 definitions]
parochial school a school supported and run by a church or religious organization.
parody a humorous imitation in print, music, or performance of a serious person, work of art, or publication. [3 definitions]
parole the release of a prisoner before his or her punishment is finished, with conditions of good behavior to be fulfilled. [3 definitions]
parolee one who has been released from prison and is on parole.
paronomasia an instance of word play, often for humorous effect, that is based on a similarity in sound of two or more words or on various meanings of the same word; pun.
paronymous of a word or words, derived from the same root; cognate.
parotid of or relating to either of a pair of the larger salivary glands found beneath and to the front of the ear. [2 definitions]
parotitis inflammation of one or both parotids, esp. mumps.
-parous giving birth to; bearing; producing.
paroxysm a sudden strong outburst of feelings or actions. [2 definitions]
parquet flooring composed of or containing inlaid wood designs. [2 definitions]