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parley

[pahr-lee] /ˈpɑr li/
noun, plural parleys.
1.
a discussion or conference.
2.
an informal conference between enemies under a truce, especially to discuss terms, conditions of surrender, etc.
verb (used without object), parleyed, parleying.
3.
to hold an informal conference with an enemy under a truce, as between active hostilities.
4.
to speak, talk, or confer.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English parlai < Middle French parlee, noun use of feminine of parle, past participle of parler to parle
Related forms
parleyer, noun
Synonyms
1. talk, conversation. 4. discuss, converse.

Parley

[pahr-lee] /ˈpɑr li/
noun
1.
Peter, pen name of Samuel Griswold Goodrich.
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British Dictionary definitions for parley

parley

/ˈpɑːlɪ/
noun
1.
a discussion, esp between enemies under a truce to decide terms of surrender, etc
verb
2.
(intransitive) to discuss, esp with an enemy under a truce
3.
(transitive) to speak (a foreign language)
Derived Forms
parleyer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from French, from parler to talk, from Medieval Latin parabolāre, from Late Latin parabola speech, parable
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Word Origin and History for parley
n.

"conference, speech," especially with an enemy, mid-15c., from Middle French parlée, from fem. past participle of Old French parler "to speak" (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *paraulare, from Late Latin parabolare "to speak (in parables)," from parabola "speech, discourse," from Latin parabola "comparison" (see parable).

v.

late 14c., "to speak, talk, confer," probably a separate borrowing of Old French parler "to speak" (see parley (n.)). Related: Parleyed; parleying. Meaning "to discuss terms" is 1560s, from the noun.

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