par·​lance | \ ˈpär-lən(t)s How to pronounce parlance (audio) \

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."

Examples of parlance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To use religious parlance, these other loves proved to be stumbling blocks — obstacles on the path to a godly life, if not to salvation itself. Sarah Jones, Vulture, 18 Sep. 2021 In the parlance of statistical mechanics, this is known as a scale-free correlation. Brandon Keim, New York Times, 1 Oct. 2021 The debate around theatrical windows, industry parlance for the amount of time a film plays exclusively on the big screen, and the growing penchant for hybrid releases on streaming services, has been the topic du jour of the pandemic. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 30 Aug. 2021 In the film, out now in theaters and on HBO Max, humans are continuing to research the kaiju — or Titans, in the film’s parlance — that inhabit the world. Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2021 In mathematical terms, as in common parlance, a signal is something that conveys information. New York Times, 14 Sep. 2021 In choosing Jackie Robinson, Rickey chose a man athletically gifted, college-educated, and fiercely proud of his race, called in the parlance of the day, a Race Man. John Baldoni, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 Though not nearly an identical track to IMS in oval racing parlance, Johnson and Ganassi officials had eyed TMS as the location of his first step. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 31 Aug. 2021 In electoral politics parlance (and per the 2020 Democratic election autopsy now circulating), everyone is now a persuasion target. Mike Konczal, The New Republic, 4 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of parlance

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for parlance

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.

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19 Oct 2021

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“Parlance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of parlance

: language used by a particular group of people

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