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From Middle English *parlaunce, from Anglo-Norman parlance, parlaunce, from parler ("to talk") + -ance.
parlance (countable and uncountable, plural parlances)
- A certain way of speaking, of using words, especially when it comes to those with a particular job or interest.
1836, James Fenimore Cooper, Eclipse:
To my childish fancy, it had seemed an imaginary flag-staff, or, in rustic parlance, the "liberty pole" of some former generation [...]
1909, William Elliot Griffis, The Story of New Netherland, Chapter 22:
The tourist's impression of the country to-day is that of a transported Holland, in which the official language is Dutch and the parlance of the people is "taki-taki."
- (archaic, rare) Speech, discussion or debate.
A certain way of speaking (or using words)
parler + -ance, or from an unattested Latin word.
parlance f (oblique plural parlances, nominative singular parlance, nominative plural parlances)
- discussion; debate