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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.
a particular manner of speaking, esp when specialized; idiom: political parlance
(archaic) any discussion, such as a debate

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).

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


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