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[pahr-luh ns] /ˈpɑr ləns/
a way or manner of speaking; vernacular; idiom:
legal parlance.
speech, especially a formal discussion or debate.
talk; parley.
Origin of parlance
From Anglo-French, dating back to 1570-80; See origin at parle, -ance Unabridged
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  • It was a case, in the parlance of thieves and police, of “rail-roading.”

    White Fang Jack London
  • There is my cradle, after the flesh; my native land—in the parlance of the men of these days!

    Thais Anatole France
  • They took me by surprise—in Western parlance, got the drop on me.

    Lorimer of the Northwest Harold Bindloss
  • A term singularly, but very often, misapplied in parlance for orbit.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • They all went to church Sabbath morning, in the old Puritan parlance.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for parlance


a particular manner of speaking, esp when specialized; idiom: political parlance
(archaic) any discussion, such as a debate
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from parler to talk, via Medieval Latin from Late Latin parabola speech, parable; compare parley
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Word Origin and History for parlance

1570s, "speaking, speech," especially in debate; 1787 as "way of speaking," from Anglo-French (c.1300) and Old French parlance, from Old French parlaunce, from parler "to speak" (see parley).

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