• Parley

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ˈpɑrli/; some non-rhotic accents IPA: /ˈpɑːlɪ/

    Origin

    From Old French parler ("to talk; to speak"), from Vulgar Latin *paraulare ("to speak"), from Late Latin parabolare, from Latin parabola ("comparison"), from Ancient Greek παραβολή, from παρά ("beside") with βολή ("throwing").

    Full definition of parley

    Noun

    parley

    (plural parleys)
    1. A conference, especially one between enemies.
      • unknown date DrydenWe yield on parley, but are stormed in vain.
      • 1920, Peter B. Kyne, The Understanding Heart, Chapter IVWithout further parley Garland rode off up the hog's-back and the sheriff rode off down it …

    Verb

    1. (intransitive) To have a discussion, especially one between enemies.
      • 1638 Herbert, Sir Thomas Some years travels into divers parts of Asia and Afrique...at day break we found the villaine, who, loath to parlee in fire and ſhot, fled amaine and left us...

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