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parley

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verb par·ley \ˈpär-lē\

Definition of parley

parleyed

;

parleying

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to speak with another :  confer; specifically :  to discuss terms with an enemy The government refused to parley with the rebels.

Examples of parley in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of parley

see 2parley


First Known Use: 1576


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parley

noun par·ley

Definition of parley

plural

parleys

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

  2. 2 :  discussion

Examples of parley in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of parley

Middle English parlai speech, probably from Medieval 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: circa 1580


Parley

biographical name par·ley

Definition of Parley

  1. Peter — see Samuel Griswold goodrich


PARLEY Defined for English Language Learners

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parley

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verb par·ley \ˈpär-lē\

Definition of parley for English Language Learners

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


PARLEY Defined for Kids

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parley

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noun par·ley \ˈpär-lē\

Definition of parley for Students

plural

parleys

  1. :  a discussion with an enemy


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parley

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verb par·ley

Definition of parley for Students

parleyed

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parleying

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



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