verb (used with object), pa·roled, pa·rol·ing.

to place or release on parole.
to admit (an alien) into the U.S. under the parole provision: An increased number of Hungarian refugees were paroled into the United States.


of or relating to parole or parolees: a parole record.

Origin of parole

1610–20; < Middle French, short for parole d'honneur word of honor. See parol
Related formspa·rol·a·ble, adjectiveun·pa·rol·a·ble, adjectiveun·pa·roled, adjective



noun French.

language as manifested in the actual utterances produced by speakers of a language (contrasted with langue). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for parole

Contemporary Examples of parole

Historical Examples of parole

  • Give me leave for three days on parole, and I will see you fully satisfied.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • This parole he broke, landing from Europe at Vera Cruz in 1824.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • After reigning for a twelvemonth, he was banished from Mexico on parole never to return.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • If he could be released from parole he would do loyal service for his country.

    Rodney, the Ranger

    John V. Lane

  • I gave my parole, and was allowed to come here to nurse him.

    A War-Time Wooing

    Charles King

British Dictionary definitions for parole



  1. the freeing of a prisoner before his sentence has expired, on the condition that he is of good behaviour
  2. the duration of such conditional release
a promise given by a prisoner, as to be of good behaviour if granted liberty or partial liberty
a variant spelling of parol
US military a password
linguistics language as manifested in the individual speech acts of particular speakersCompare langue, performance (def. 7), competence (def. 5)
on parole
  1. conditionally released from detention
  2. informal(of a person) under scrutiny, esp for a recurrence of an earlier shortcoming

verb (tr)

to place (a person) on parole
Derived Formsparolable, adjectiveparolee (pəˌrəʊˈliː), noun

Word Origin for parole

C17: from Old French, from the phrase parole d'honneur word of honour; parole from Late Latin parabola speech
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Word Origin and History for parole

1610s, "word of honor," especially "promise by a prisoner of war not to escape," from French parole "word, speech" (in parole d'honneur "word of honor") from Vulgar Latin *paraula "speech, discourse," from Latin parabola (see parable). Sense of "conditional release of a prisoner before full term" is first attested 1908 in criminal slang.


1716, from parole (n.). Originally it was what the prisoner did ("pledge"); its transitive meaning "put on parole" is first attested 1782. Related: Paroled; paroling.

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