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."

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Support soldiers, or fobbits in modern parlance, get the scorn of everyone for working safer (albeit critical) operations like logistics and medical support. Matt Gallagher, WIRED, "Army of 01101111: The Making of a Cyber Battalion," 27 Mar. 2018 Epstein was, in the parlance of the sciences, a marker. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Jeffrey Epstein and the Power of Networks," 27 Aug. 2019 In the parlance of college football recruiting, Devin Rockette has bounced back from his bounce-back. Creg Stephenson |, al, "South Alabama’s Devin Rockette ready to turn on jets after return from junior college," 7 Aug. 2019 The basic elements of poker are the cards, the chips and the play of the hand, and each has become embedded in our daily parlance. San Diego Union-Tribune, "English lays its cards on the table of our tongue," 27 July 2019 In common parlance, sitting in the catbird seat is having an advantage or position of power, perhaps an unseen one. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Summer brings catbirds out in the open," 18 July 2019 Hurricanes and floods are, in the parlance of risk and catastrophe, a hazard. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Tropical Storm Barry Pits New Orleans Against Water—Again," 12 July 2019 In today’s parlance, Amazon’s merchants are becoming sharecroppers. Tim O'reilly, Quartz, "Antitrust regulators are using the wrong tools to break up Big Tech," 17 July 2019 Now that Mayor Walsh has adopted a policy of mend-it-don’t-end-it — or, in HGTV parlance, love it, not list it — the place may finally move on from being the familiar object of ridicule. Anthony Flint,, "Learning to love the world’s ugliest building," 1 July 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of parlance

formal : language used by a particular group of people

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