American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A discussion or conference, especially one between enemies over terms of truce or other matters.
- v. To have a discussion, especially with an enemy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Discourse or conversation; discussion; a conference; specifically, a brief conference with an enemy as under a flag of truce; an informal treating between two hostile parties before or in the course of a contest. Cf. barley.
- To speak; discourse; confer on some point of mutual concern; especially, to confer with an enemy, as on an exchange of prisoners, or on the cessation of hostilities.
- To argue.
- To utter; speak.
- n. Same as parliament, 7.
- In the United States, in faro and similar games, and in horse-racing, to stake (one's money, together with that won by it on another bet): as, to parley one's bet. See paroli.
- n. The act of leaving as a stake the money staked on a previous bet, together with that won by it. See paroli.
- n. A conference, especially one between enemies.
- v. intransitive To have a discussion, especially one between enemies.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Mutual discourse or conversation; discussion; hence, an oral conference with an enemy, as with regard to a truce.
- v. To speak with another; to confer on some point of mutual concern; to discuss orally; hence, specifically, to confer orally with an enemy; to treat with him by words, as on an exchange of prisoners, an armistice, or terms of peace.
- v. discuss, as between enemies
- n. a negotiation between enemies
- From Old French parler ("to talk; to speak"), from Vulgar Latin *paraulare (“to speak”), from Late Latin parabolare, from Latin parabola ("comparison"), from Ancient Greek παραβολή, from παρά ("beside") with βολή ("throwing"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French parlee, from feminine past participle of parler, to talk, from Vulgar Latin *paraulāre, from Late Latin parabolāre, from parabola, discourse; see parable. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Badr Basim King over them after his sire; and they sware the oath gladly, for the sovran was liberal to the lieges, pleasant in parley and a very compend of goodness, saying naught but that wherein was advantage for the people.”
“On the third day of her stay in the city she caused her great white banner to be carried forth before her, and riding a white horse, clad in her silver armour, and clasping her banneret in her hand she rode slowly out upon the broken fragment of the bridge opposite to the tower of Les Tourelles, and begged a parley from the English general in command.”
A Heroine of France
“Soon it came to the knowledge of the Spaniards that we had enough food and water upon the teocalli to enable us to live there for a month or more, and seeing that there was no hope of capturing the place by force of arms, they called a parley with us.”
“They were very secure, thought themselves strong for war and able to deal with the most powerful enemy (v. 14), and yet the calamity is near, and he is not able to keep it off, nor so much as to keep the enemy long in parley, for the affliction hastens fast (v. 16) and will soon come to a crisis.”
“More than 100 economics and trade ministers were attending the parley, which is also featuring several world leaders for Tuesday's”
“She had seen Arthur and delivered her warning, and he had promised to call the parley and let the regent have his say.”
The Wicked Day
“In his dream Arthur knew that he had accepted her advice; he had called the parley, resolving to listen to anything his son had to say; but still Nimue-Merlin had wept, standing in the boat as it floated away on the glassy Lake and vanished into the mist.”
The Wicked Day
“May I hope that you will follow me without a further parley, which is embarrassing to me, and quite unhelpful to yourself.”
“I was up yonder, when I saw Brymer and the rest of 'em get together to have what old Frenchy calls a parley, and they hadn't been there long, leaving me wondering what game was up, and what they were going to do about the lads down below, when I see the sky-light opened a bit.”
“So Richard Stout and his companions went boldly out, guns in hand, to meet the oncoming savages, and, calling a parley, they declared that they had no intention of resting quietly, and allowing themselves and families to be slaughtered and their houses burned.”
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