- a discussion or conference.
- an informal conference between enemies under a truce, especially to discuss terms, conditions of surrender, etc.
- to hold an informal conference with an enemy under a truce, as between active hostilities.
- to speak, talk, or confer.
Origin of parley
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- Peter, pen name of Samuel Griswald Goodrich.
Examples from the Web for parley
Not that the Colombian parley was ever going to be easy diplomacy.Cartagena Summit’s Other Outrage: Obama’s Indifference to Latin Issues
April 27, 2012
To begin with, Mrs Merdle is the lady you had the parley with at what's-his-name place.'Little Dorrit
Each door and barrier, too, was guarded by soldiers, with whom the brothers had to parley.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Do you two get on as fast as you can and leave us to the parley.
Don't you be listening to a woman's parley, for it's all nonsense.
The servant, after some parley, led him through the house and out at the back door.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
- 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)
Word Origin and History for parley
"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).
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.