[ pahr-lee ]
/ ˈpɑr li /

noun, plural par·leys.

a discussion or conference.
an informal conference between enemies under a truce, especially to discuss terms, conditions of surrender, etc.

verb (used without object), par·leyed, par·ley·ing.

to hold an informal conference with an enemy under a truce, as between active hostilities.
to speak, talk, or confer.

Origin of parley

1400–50; late Middle English parlai < Middle French parlee, noun use of feminine of parle, past participle of parler to parle


par·ley·er, noun

Definition for parley (2 of 2)

[ pahr-lee ]
/ ˈpɑr li /


Peter, pen name of Samuel Griswald Goodrich. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for parley

/ (ˈpɑːlɪ) /


a discussion, esp between enemies under a truce to decide terms of surrender, etc


(intr) to discuss, esp with an enemy under a truce
(tr) to speak (a foreign language)

Derived forms of parley

parleyer, noun

Word Origin for parley

C16: from French, from parler to talk, from Medieval Latin parabolāre, from Late Latin parabola speech, parable
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