Definition of parlance in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpärləns/


A particular way of speaking or using words, especially a way common to those with a particular job or interest: dated terms that were once in common parlance medical parlance
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  • Then of course we have the emergence of words like funner and funnest into common parlance.
  • It is common parlance and part of our living language.
  • Freudian language has seeped into common parlance like that of no other writer since Shakespeare.
jargon, language, phraseology, talk, speech, argot, patois, cant
informal lingo, -ese, -speak


Late 16th century (denoting speech or debate): from Old French, from parler 'speak', from Latin parabola 'comparison' (in late Latin 'speech').

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Syllabification: par·lance

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