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: 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."
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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2
Middle French, from Old French, from parler
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in common parlance
12 Dec 2018
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: language used by a particular group of people
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living or existing for a long time
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