from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A particular manner of speaking; idiom: legal parlance.
- n. Speech, especially a conversation or parley.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A certain way of speaking, of using words, especially when it comes to those with a particular job or interest.
- n. Speech, discussion or debate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Conversation; discourse; talk; diction; phrase
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Speech; conversation; discourse; talk; language; manner of expression; conference.
- n. In common parlance, in the usual mode of speech; in ordinary language.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language
Middle French, from Old French, from parler, to speak; see parley.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman parlance, parlaunce, from parler ("to talk") + -ance. (Wiktionary)