from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A discussion or conference, especially one between enemies over terms of truce or other matters.
- intransitive v. To have a discussion, especially with an enemy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A conference, especially one between enemies.
- v. To have a discussion, especially one between enemies.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Mutual discourse or conversation; discussion; hence, an oral conference with an enemy, as with regard to a truce.
- intransitive 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. discuss, as between enemies
- n. a negotiation between enemies
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)
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)