parlance

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From Anglo-Norman parlance, parlaunce, from parler (to talk) + -ance.

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parlance (plural parlances)

  1. 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 []
    • 1845, Charles Miner, History of Wyoming, Letter IX:
      We approach the contest, still known in the common parlance of the country, as "the first Pennimite War."
    • 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."
  2. (archaic, rare) Speech, discussion or debate.

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Etymology[edit]

parler +‎ -ance, or from an unattested Latin word.

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parlance f (oblique plural parlances, nominative singular parlance, nominative plural parlances)

  1. discussion; debate

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