- to bet or gamble (an original amount and its winnings) on a subsequent race, contest, etc.
- Informal. to use (one's money, talent, or other assets) to achieve a desired objective, as spectacular wealth or success: He parlayed a modest inheritance into a fortune.
- a bet of an original sum and the subsequent winnings.
Origin of parlay
Examples from the Web for parlay
Ditto Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who won easily, and might parlay his success into a presidential bid.For Conservatives, Liberal Tears Taste Sweet
November 5, 2014
An unfettered Lagarde could parlay her stint managing crises in Washington for glittering new adventures.IMF Chief Lagarde Placed Under Formal Investigation in France
August 27, 2014
Smartphone apps like Grindr have been able to parlay that acceleration of trust (and, dare we say, desire) into a big business.Generation Naive: Why Young People Can’t Help Falling for Strangers Online
March 25, 2013
Can she parlay her position and knowledge gained on the House Intelligence Committee into credibility as commander in chief?CNN Foreign-Policy GOP Presidential Debate Crystal Ball
November 22, 2011
It is not entirely clear how McCotter intends to parlay these issues into a compelling call to arms.2012’s Invisible Candidate
August 12, 2011
Anyway, here's the story: Parlay's a full-blooded Frenchman.
Ashore, where Parlay's house had been, was no vestige of any house.
"Oh, hush your croaking, Parlay," chided one of the captains.
Parlay looked at the barometer, giggled, and leered around at his guests.
There was no sign of life where Parlay's big house perched on the sand.
- to stake (winnings from one bet) on a subsequent wagerBrit equivalent: double up
- to exploit (one's talent) to achieve worldly success
- a bet in which winnings from one wager are staked on another, or a series of such bets
Word Origin and History for parlay
1701, parloi, term in the card game faro, from French paroli, from Italian parole (Neapolitan paroli) "words, promises," plural of parolo (see parole). Meaning "exploit to advantage" is from 1942.