[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. parlando,
  2. parlary,
  3. parlay,
  4. parle,
  5. parlement,
  6. parleyvoo,
  7. parliament,
  8. parliament clock,
  9. parliament hinge,
  10. parliamentarian

Origin of parley

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

Related formspar·ley·er, noun


[ pahr-lee ]
/ ˈpɑr li /


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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 Formsparleyer, 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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