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- A certain way of speaking, of using words; especially that associated with a particular job or interest.
- 1955, Vladimir Nabokov, chapter 12, in Lolita, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: G[eorge] P[almer] Putnam’s Sons, published August 1958, →OCLC, part 2, page 200:
- At first she "ran a temperature" in American parlance, and I could not resist the exquisite caloricity of unexpected delights—Venus febriculosa—though it was a very languid Lolita that moaned and coughed and shivered in my embrace.
- Of a word, the quality of being lexicalized; especially as jargon or slang.
- 2020, Stanley Oluka, Performance Management System and Employee Performance in Amuria Health Centre IV, Eastern Uganda:
- Its use at a variety of levels, including the individual and organisational level, make it a varied term that has parlance in organisational development, performance management and talent management.
- (archaic, rare) Speech, discussion or debate.
A certain way of speaking (or using words)
- parlaunce (chiefly late Anglo-Norman)
- English: parlance