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parley

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verb par·ley \ˈpär-lē\

Simple Definition of parley

  • : to talk with an enemy or someone you disagree with especially in order to end a conflict

Full Definition of parley

par·leyedpar·ley·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to speak with another :  confer; specifically :  to discuss terms with an enemy

Examples of parley

  1. <in an effort to win the goodwill of the locals, the developers parleyed with them before finalizing plans for the massive mall>



1570

First Known Use of parley

1570


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parley

noun par·ley

Definition of parley

plural parleys

  1. 1 a :  a conference for discussion of points in dispute b :  a conference with an enemy

  2. 2 :  discussion



Examples of parley

  1. <held a parley to debate the proposed change in the town's zoning laws>

  2. <can we meet for an informal parley to see if we can effect a compromise?>



Origin of parley

Middle English parlai speech, probably from Middle French parlee, from feminine of parlé, past participle of parler to speak, from Medieval Latin parabolare, from Late Latin parabola speech, parable — more at parable


First Known Use: 1580


Parley

biographical name par·ley

Definition of Parley

  1. Peter — see Samuel Griswold goodrich




PARLEY Defined for Kids

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parley

play
noun par·ley \ˈpär-lē\

Definition of parley

plural parleys

  1. :  a discussion with an enemy




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parley

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verb par·ley

Definition of parley

par·leyedpar·ley·ing

  1. :  to hold a discussion of terms with an enemy





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