noun, plural par·leys.
verb (used without object), par·leyed, par·ley·ing.
- parliament clock,
- parliament hinge,
Origin of parley
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|Mac Margolis|April 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Lily had retired to the other side of the room as soon as the parley about the invitation began.A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories|William D. Howells
I asked him whether we might not come to a parley with them, and see if they could understand him.Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia|Thomas Mitchell
All four instruments have an equal voice in the parley, and all the outbursts are emotional rather than contrapuntal.Contemporary American Composers|Rupert Hughes
Word Origin 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.