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[pahr-luh ns] /ˈpɑr ləns/
a way or manner of speaking; vernacular; idiom:
legal parlance.
speech, especially a formal discussion or debate.
talk; parley.
Origin of parlance
1570-80; < Anglo-French; see parle, -ance Unabridged
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  • And in modern psychiatric parlance, the long-lasting residue of horror is called post-traumatic stress disorder.
British Dictionary definitions for parlance


a particular manner of speaking, esp when specialized; idiom: political parlance
(archaic) any discussion, such as a debate
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from parler to talk, via Medieval Latin from Late Latin parabola speech, parable; compare parley
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Word Origin and History for parlance

1570s, "speaking, speech," especially in debate; 1787 as "way of speaking," from Anglo-French (c.1300) and Old French parlance, from Old French parlaunce, from parler "to speak" (see parley).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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parlance in Technology

A concurrent language.
["Parallel Processing Structures: Languages, Schedules, and Performance Results", P.F. Reynolds, PhD Thesis, UT Austin 1979].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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