[ puh-rohl, par-uhl ]
/ pəˈroʊl, ˈpær əl /


something stated or declared.
by parol, by word of mouth; orally.


given by word of mouth; oral; not contained in documents: parol evidence.

Origin of parol

1470–80; earlier parole<Anglo-French, Old French <Vulgar Latin *paraula, syncopated variant of *paravola;Latin parabolaparable; cf. parley Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for parol

/ (ˈpærəl, pəˈrəʊl) law /


(formerly) the pleadings in an action when presented by word of mouth
an oral statement; word of mouth (now only in the phrase by parol)


  1. (of a contract, lease, etc) made orally or in writing but not under seal
  2. expressed or given by word of mouthparol evidence

Word Origin for parol

C15: from Old French parole speech; see parole
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