"conference," especially with an enemy, 1449, from M.Fr. parlée,
from fem. pp. of O.Fr. parler
"to speak," from L.L. parabolare
"to speak (in parables)," from parabola
"speech, discourse," from L. parabola
"comparison" (see parable
). The verb is 14c., probably a separate borrowing of O.Fr. parler.