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Monday, November 04, 2002

Definitions for parley

  1. A conference or discussion, especially with an enemy, as with regard to a truce or other matters.

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Citations for parley
The government recognized his knack for parleying with tribes, and it sent him all over the West. Geoffrey O'Gara, What You See in Clear Water
Whether the Indians came out to parley or, seeing that the fort was about to fall, came out to surrender is unclear. Willard Sterne Randall, George Washington: A Life
Origin of parley
late Middle English
Parley comes from Old French parlée, from parler, "to speak," from Medieval Latin parabolare, from Late Latin parabola, "a proverb, a parable, a similitude," from Greek parabole, "a comparison, a placing beside," from paraballein, "to throw beside, hence to compare," from para-, "beside" + ballein, "to throw."
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