Definition of parlance in English:



mass noun
  • 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’
    • ‘It is common parlance and part of our living language.’
    • ‘Then of course we have the emergence of words like funner and funnest into common parlance.’
    • ‘Perhaps in ordinary parlance this is disclosure of confidential information in the interests of the bank.’
    • ‘Both are seeds, in the language of botany or natural history, but not in commerce nor in common parlance.’
    • ‘Just don't get caught up in all the Washington fancy talk and parlance.’
    • ‘What other phrases from popular TV shows can you think of that have slipped into common parlance?’
    • ‘They have become far too acceptable in common parlance on a regular basis.’
    • ‘More crucially, who decided that these words could be used in common parlance without explanation?’
    • ‘However, hearing Irish as it is spoken makes you realise how polluted and Anglofied it has become in common parlance.’
    • ‘It is the pragmatic, common sense solution, known in cemetery parlance as ‘lift and deepen’.’
    • ‘In common academic parlance, a removal from the classroom, even if with full pay, is a suspension.’
    • ‘In ordinary parlance, a conspiracy theory describes something preposterous or paranoid.’
    • ‘In modern parlance this word quickly conjures up notions of government regulation and regulated industries.’
    • ‘Freudian language has seeped into common parlance like that of no other writer since Shakespeare.’
    • ‘That win had to be shared because, in cricketing parlance, bad light stopped play at Valderrama.’
    • ‘Is there a justification for retaining the word in literature from the past, when its use would have reflected common parlance?’
    • ‘So they formed rock bands, partied all night - became, in the local parlance, ‘slackers’.’
    • ‘By which he meant in modern parlance that Americans shared a common culture which made republican government possible.’
    • ‘It is true that these are terms of public parlance, rather than of popular speech.’
    • ‘I am all for American regional cookery and the trappings of taste, custom, and parlance that go with each.’
    expression, idiomatic expression, turn of phrase, set phrase, fixed expression, phrase
    jargon, language, phraseology, idiom, -speak, talk, speech, manner of speaking, way of speaking, vocabulary, vernacular, tongue, idiolect, patter, argot, patois, cant
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Late 16th century (denoting speech or debate): from Old French, from parler ‘speak’, from Latin parabola ‘comparison’ (in late Latin ‘speech’).