par·lance | \ˈpär-lən(t)s \

Definition of parlance 

1 : speech especially : formal debate or parley … battle and not parlance should determine his right and title. — John Speed

2 : manner or mode of speech : idiom The company's computer system had, in computer parlance, "crashed."

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So, yes, in our parlance that's a relatively short period of time. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Prince Harry’s Royal Wedding Tailors Tell Us What It Takes to Make a Uniform for a Prince," 20 May 2018 Markle has worn some more mainstream (or high street, in British parlance) brands, with items from J. Crew and, possibly most notably, Everlane. Rachel King, Fortune, "Meghan Markle Is Being Credited With Boosting Aritzia's Earnings. But Is the 'Meghan Effect' Real?," 13 July 2018 In regulatory parlance,the agency's effort is known as Total Maximum Daily Loads, or TMDLs, and is one of several such projects in progress across Wisconsin, including the Milwaukee River basin. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Plan seeks to drown out sea of green on popular Wisconsin River reservoirs by cutting algae-causing pollutants," 22 Feb. 2018 In today’s conservative parlance, my grandmother might be accused of policing words or not keeping the focus on the real bigots. Mari Uyehara, GQ, "The Perpetual Foreigners," 19 Feb. 2018 Handstands and guns appear, ghostly music, exigency — the passage bursts with vernacular gumption, prismatic parlance. Simone White, New York Times, "Poem: From ‘We Are Here to Slow Time’," 13 June 2018 Before that, vendors of all manner touted their innovative social, local, mobile solutions (or SoLoMo, in industry parlance). Erin Griffith, WIRED, "187 Things the Blockchain Is Supposed to Fix," 25 May 2018 Message in a Bottle,’ a film starring Kevin Costner and Paul Newman, from being shot on Tangier, out of concern that all those outsiders—‘come-heres,’ in local parlance—would have a corrupting influence. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "As goes Maine, so goes the nation?," 12 June 2018 Or, in the state’s legal parlance, a licensed motor carrier. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "California Rules May Make Weed Shippers Report Themselves to the Feds," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of parlance

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for parlance

Middle French, from Old French, from parler

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: language used by a particular group of people

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