- 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
Related Words for parlayedmove, play, jockey, risk, manage, speculate, plan, venture, wager, gamble, engineer
Examples from the Web for parlayed
Contemporary Examples of parlayed
But McCarthy parlayed her naked ambition into a pretty fabulous career.Jenny McCarthy: I Am Not Anti-Vaccine
October 24, 2014
Bloggers like Tavi Gevinson have parlayed their brand into celebrity and collaborations with Fortune 500 companies.Tavi Gevinson: From Teen Fashion Queen to Broadway Star
July 12, 2014
But it is one that Levin has parlayed into being the voice of a movement that has confounded those outside of it.Radio’s Mark Levin Might Be the Most Powerful Conservative You Never Heard Of
October 19, 2013
Olympian Ryan Lochte has parlayed his success in London into front-row seats at New York Fashion Week.Building Brand Lochte
September 11, 2012
News correspondent Ross Mathews, who has parlayed an internship with Jay Leno a decade ago into a thriving television career.Michelle Obama, Tammy Duckworth Make Media Rounds Ahead of Democratic Convention
September 4, 2012
Historical Examples of parlayed
In thirty years, he had parlayed that into one of the biggest fortunes in the Solar System.Anything You Can Do ...
Gordon Randall Garrett
- 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 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.