parlance

[ pahr-luh ns ]
/ ˈpɑr ləns /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. parkville,
  2. parkway,
  3. parky,
  4. parl.,
  5. parl. proc.,
  6. parlando,
  7. parlary,
  8. parlay,
  9. parle,
  10. parlement

Origin of parlance

From Anglo-French, dating back to 1570–80; see origin at parle, -ance

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British Dictionary definitions for parlance

parlance

/ (ˈpɑːləns) /

noun

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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Word Origin and History for parlance

parlance

n.

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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