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 If Raul sells the house for $1 million, the profit (or capital gain, in tax parlance) would be $200,000. Liz Weston, oregonlive, "Liz Weston: What happens to tax basis on home sale after wife’s death?," 19 Sep. 2020 Going to a nearby nature destination has become, in 2020s cultural parlance, the sourdough starter kit of vacations. Washington Post, "Simple and close to home, pandemic vacations embrace the travel norms of earlier eras," 18 Sep. 2020 The phenomenon is known as quadruple witching in market parlance, and could lead to an especially choppy trading session because of the surge in single-stock options trading in recent months. Chitra Somayaji, WSJ, "Unity Software, Tesla, Dave & Buster’s: What to Watch When the Stock Market Opens," 18 Sep. 2020 Worse, the hotel is now, in real estate parlance, underwater, being as its current valuation is only $305 million, down from $560 million as recently as 2018. Chris Jones,, "Column: Chicago cannot lose the Palmer House, now boarded up and in deep financial trouble," 9 Sep. 2020 In The Matrix and in dark corners of the internet, this might look like truth; in wider parlance, the red pill is less about revelation than radicalization. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Hari Kunzru’s Reckoning With the Far Right," 9 Sep. 2020 This is an economic parlance that speaks of entrepreneurship and localism as the twin-propellers of human, as well as economic, capital in America. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Morning in Tim Scott’s America," 25 Aug. 2020 In many cases, park employees (cast members in Disney parlance) will wear face shields, while all will wear masks and enforce the social-distancing requirements. Curtis Tate, USA TODAY, "Walt Disney World reopens Saturday: Park still 'magical' but modified for COVID-19," 12 July 2020 In immunology parlance, this is known as resistance; its end game is destroying the pathogen. Rachel Ehrenberg, Ars Technica, "The bat-virus détente," 3 July 2020

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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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24 Sep 2020

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“Parlance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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formal : language used by a particular group of people

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