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parley

[ pahr-lee ]
/ ˈpɑr li /
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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.

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Origin of parley

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

OTHER WORDS FROM parley

par·ley·er, noun

Definition for parley (2 of 2)

Parley
[ pahr-lee ]
/ ˈpɑr li /

noun

Peter, pen name of Samuel Griswald Goodrich.
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British Dictionary definitions for parley

parley
/ (ˈpɑːlɪ) /

noun

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

verb

(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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