- a way or manner of speaking; vernacular; idiom: legal parlance.
- speech, especially a formal discussion or debate.
- talk; parley.
Origin of parlance
Related Wordspatois, argot, jargon, lingo, vernacular, dialect, diction, language, locution, colloquialism, speech, idiosyncrasy, phrase, tongue, expression, talk, provincialism, localism
Examples from the Web for parlance
But Scott, in taking the parlance of the street to the SportsCenter desk, helped affirm its ascendance.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott
January 4, 2015
It always surprises you to hear the Arabic pronunciation of words that have entered American parlance.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
Reviews seemed to range a short spectrum between turnip (a dud, in the French parlance) and not-a-complete-turnip.We Watch the DSK Sex Romp So You Don’t Have To
May 20, 2014
The campaign finance laws at issue in these cases are what, in First Amendment parlance, are known as content-neutral.The First Amendment Doesn’t Protect the Right to Buy the American Government
Geoffrey R. Stone
April 5, 2014
A “stringer,” in the parlance of foreign correspondents, Sundaram sold stories to The New York Times and the Associated Press.This Week’s Hot Reads: Feb. 24, 2014
February 24, 2014
It was a case, in the parlance of thieves and police, of “rail-roading.”White Fang
There is my cradle, after the flesh; my native land—in the parlance of the men of these days!Thais
They took me by surprise—in Western parlance, got the drop on me.Lorimer of the Northwest
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
- a particular manner of speaking, esp when specialized; idiompolitical parlance
- archaic any discussion, such as a debate
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).