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verb (used with object),par·ried, par·ry·ing.
  1. to ward off (a thrust, stroke, weapon, etc.), as in fencing; avert.

  2. to turn aside; evade or dodge: to parry an embarrassing question.

verb (used without object),par·ried, par·ry·ing.
  1. to parry a thrust, blow, etc.

noun,plural par·ries.
  1. an act or instance of parrying, as in fencing.

  2. a defensive movement in fencing.

Origin of parry

1665–75; <French parez, imperative of parer to ward off, set off <Latin parāre to set. See parade

Other words for parry

Other words from parry

  • par·ri·a·ble, adjective
  • par·ri·er, noun
  • un·par·ried, adjective
  • un·par·ry·ing, adjective

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Other definitions for Parry (2 of 2)

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  1. Milman, 1902–35, U.S. classical scholar and philologist.

  2. William Edward, 1790–1855, English Arctic explorer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use parry in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for parry (1 of 2)


/ (ˈpærɪ) /

verb-ries, -rying or -ried
  1. to ward off (an attack) by blocking or deflecting, as in fencing

  2. (tr) to evade (questions), esp adroitly

nounplural -ries
  1. an act of parrying, esp (in fencing) using a stroke or circular motion of the blade

  2. a skilful evasion, as of a question

Origin of parry

C17: from French parer to ward off, from Latin parāre to prepare

British Dictionary definitions for Parry (2 of 2)


/ (ˈpærɪ) /

  1. Sir (Charles) Hubert (Hastings). 1848–1918, English composer, noted esp for his choral works

  2. Sir William Edward. 1790–1855, English arctic explorer, who searched for the Northwest Passage (1819–25) and attempted to reach the North Pole (1827)

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