[ pahr-luh ns ]
/ ˈpɑr ləns /


a way or manner of speaking; vernacular; idiom: legal parlance.
speech, especially a formal discussion or debate.
talk; parley.

Words nearby parlance

Origin of parlance

From Anglo-French, dating back to 1570–80; see origin at parle, -ance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for parlance

/ (ˈpɑːləns) /


a particular manner of speaking, esp when specialized; idiompolitical parlance
archaic any discussion, such as a debate

Word Origin for parlance

C16: from Old French, from parler to talk, via Medieval Latin from Late Latin parabola speech, parable; compare parley
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