Parlance Par"lance (p[aum]r"lans), n. [OF., fr. F. parler to speak. See {Parley}.] Conversation; discourse; talk; diction; phrase; as, in legal parlance; in common parlance. [1913 Webster]

A hate of gossip parlance and of sway. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

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  • parlance — (n.) 1570s, :way of speaking,: from Anglo French (c.1300) and O.Fr. parlance, from O.Fr. parlaunce, from parler to speak (see PARLEY (Cf. parley)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • parlance — ► NOUN ▪ a way of using words associated with a particular subject: medical parlance. ORIGIN Old French, from parler speak …   English terms dictionary

  • parlance — [pär′ləns] n. [Anglo Fr parlaunce < OFr < parler: see PARLEY] 1. Archaic conversation; esp., parley or debate 2. a style or manner of speaking or writing; language; idiom [military parlance] …   English World dictionary

  • parlance — I noun address, allocution, choice of words, command of idiom, command of language, command of words, conference, conversation, delivery, diction, discourse, elocution, eloquence, expression, fashion, flow of language, flow of words, fluency,… …   Law dictionary

  • parlance — [n] idiom argot, colloquialism, dialect, diction, expression, idiosyncrasy, jargon, language, lingo*, localism, locution, patois, phrase, provincialism, set phrase, speech, street talk*, talk, tongue, vernacular; concept 275 …   New thesaurus

  • parlance — par|lance [ˈpa:ləns US ˈpa:r ] n [Date: 1500 1600; : Old French; Origin: parler; PARLEY] 1.) in medical/advertising etc parlance expressed in the words that a particular group of people would use ▪ In military parlance this is known as a fast… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • parlance — [[t]pɑ͟ː(r)ləns[/t]] N UNCOUNT: supp N, usu in N You use parlance when indicating that the expression you are using is normally used by a particular group of people. [FORMAL] Under the Communists local councils became, in official parlance,… …   English dictionary

  • parlance — noun in common/medical/advertising etc parlance expressed in words that most people, or a particular group of people, would use: This is called a unique selling proposition in advertising parlance …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • parlance — /pahr leuhns/, n. 1. a way or manner of speaking; vernacular; idiom: legal parlance. 2. speech, esp. a formal discussion or debate. 3. talk; parley. [1570 80; < AF; see PARLE, ANCE] * * * …   Universalium

  • parlance — par|lance [ parləns ] noun uncount FORMAL a way of speaking or using words: in official/ordinary parlance …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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