par·​lance ˈpär-lən(t)s How to pronounce parlance (audio)
: speech
especially : formal debate or parley
… battle and not parlance should determine his right and title. John Speed
: manner or mode of speech : idiom
The company's computer system had, in computer parlance, "crashed."

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That’s because the 10-year worldwide streaming agreement worth a total of $2.5 billion is exactly the kind of endeavor that requires such active consumers rather than casual fans, in sports parlance. Ian Nicholas Quillen, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2023 If basketball parlance, the Horned Frogs cut the lead to 10-7 before Georgia went on a, gulp, 55-0 run. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Jan. 2023 And most of the refinements in this year’s Neo QLED (Mini LED in Samsung parlance), QLED (standard LCD sets), and OLED TVs are centered around AI and enhanced picture processing. Chris Welch, The Verge, 4 Jan. 2023 In Silicon Valley parlance, these are missions that are ripe for disruption. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 4 Jan. 2023 In Star Wars parlance, she was probably created by the Midi-chlorians. Siddhant Adlakha, Vulture, 19 Dec. 2022 The new plant, known as RFAB2 in Texas Instruments’ parlance, is the company’s latest addition to a global manufacturing footprint that produces billions of analog and embedded processing chips for some 80,000 products. Dallas News, 8 Dec. 2022 These voluntary pledges are known in U.N. parlance as nationally determined contributions (NDCs). Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, 8 Nov. 2022 It’s common gaming parlance and the memories can be discovered through exploration or purchased via one the game’s multiple currencies. Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 17 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English parlaunce, borrowed from Anglo-French parlance, parlaunce "speech, gossip, debate," from parler "to speak, talk" + -aunce, -ance -ance — more at parley entry 2

Note: Parlance is much more amply attested in Anglo-French than in continental Old and Middle French, especially after ca. 1300. The Dictionnaire du moyen français has only marginal evidence for the word after 1350.

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of parlance was in the 15th century

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“Parlance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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par·​lance ˈpär-lən(t)s How to pronounce parlance (audio)
: manner of speech

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