parley

[pahr-lee]
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noun, plural par·leys.
  1. a discussion or conference.
  2. 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.
  1. to hold an informal conference with an enemy under a truce, as between active hostilities.
  2. 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
Related formspar·ley·er, noun

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Parley

[pahr-lee]
noun
  1. Peter, pen name of Samuel Griswald Goodrich.
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parley

noun
  1. a discussion, esp between enemies under a truce to decide terms of surrender, etc
verb
  1. (intr) to discuss, esp with an enemy under a truce
  2. (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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Word Origin and History for parley
n.

"conference, speech," especially with an enemy, mid-15c., from Middle French parlée, from fem. past participle of Old French parler "to speak" (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *paraulare, from Late Latin parabolare "to speak (in parables)," from parabola "speech, discourse," from Latin parabola "comparison" (see parable).

v.

late 14c., "to speak, talk, confer," probably a separate borrowing of Old French parler "to speak" (see parley (n.)). Related: Parleyed; parleying. Meaning "to discuss terms" is 1560s, from the noun.

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