Word of the DayMonday, November 04, 2002
A conference or discussion, especially with an enemy, as with regard to a truce or other matters.
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
In case of Servia's non-compliance with the ultimatum the army will invade the kingdom without further parley.
-- "Austria Ready to Invade Servia Sends Ultimatum", New York Times, July 24, 1914
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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