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Definition a special vocabulary or manner of speaking that is used by members of a group

Much more rarely (and more archaically), parlance can be used as a synonym for conversation as in:  "Without further parlance, they began their journey."
  • In Pentagon parlance, it provides "full-spectrum dominance".
  • In Hollywood parlance, "The Box" was over $100 million.
  • It was a case, in the parlance of thieves and police, of "rail-roading."
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • In Jamaican parlance, a store is not a store, it is a "Chinee-shop."
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • From someone else, for instance Janice, the contact would simply be casual, friendly, just a kind of parlance, formless, easy talk.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Human societies all have what is called in theatrical parlance, a third lower floor.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In engineering parlance, it embodied little "dead load," the static weight of immobile masses of brick and steel.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • The Doctor again assumed his air of resolution, and, without further parlance, proceeded to do as desired.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • He had been drugged repeatedly, taken up to the moon, in the parlance of those who usually administered such narcotics.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • In the parlance of economics, Julien has said to Pari that if she cut off the supply of attention, perhaps the demands for it would cease as well.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • "She is not what in common parlance is called a lady," said Angel, unflinchingly, "for she is a cottager's daughter, as I am proud to say.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • The more unusual or bizarre the person was, the more "interesting" they would become in Walter's parlance.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • In the parlance of economists, such a case is known as an information asymmetry.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • It was a two-day show with a parade the first morning, a barbecue at noon, and the first round—go-round, in rodeo parlance—in all events that afternoon.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • * In vulgar parlance the condiments of a repast are called by the American "a relish," substituting the thing for its effect.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • To Franklin fell the unpleasant duty of breaking the news to Ver-gennes, and fortunately so, as in the parlance of diplomacy, it was a "delicate" moment.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The Santa Anita Handicap became, in the parlance of racetrackers, the hundred-grander, or "hunnert-grander."
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • In Army parlance it was known as single-unit triangulation, and it was highly effective, though slow.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • But Marse Robert—"master" as rendered in southern parlance—has proven himself a formidable opponent time and again.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • In simpler parlance, his body had grown weary of the war and manifested its protest with a general weakness of the limbs and a constant fever.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons

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