parlay

[pahr-ley, -lee]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to bet or gamble (an original amount and its winnings) on a subsequent race, contest, etc.
  2. 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.
noun
  1. a bet of an original sum and the subsequent winnings.

Origin of parlay

1820–30, Americanism; alteration of earlier paroli < French < Neapolitan Italian, plural of parolo, perhaps derivative of paro equal < Latin pār; see pair
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Related Words for parlayed

move, play, jockey, risk, manage, speculate, plan, venture, wager, gamble, engineer

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  • In thirty years, he had parlayed that into one of the biggest fortunes in the Solar System.

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    Gordon Randall Garrett


British Dictionary definitions for parlayed

parlay

verb (tr)
  1. to stake (winnings from one bet) on a subsequent wagerBrit equivalent: double up
  2. to exploit (one's talent) to achieve worldly success
noun
  1. a bet in which winnings from one wager are staked on another, or a series of such bets

Word Origin for parlay

C19: variant of paroli, via French from Neapolitan Italian parolo, from paro a pair, from Latin pār equal, par
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Word Origin and History for parlayed

parlay

n.

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.

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