from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An oral statement or utterance: by parol.
  • adj. Expressed or evidenced by word of mouth; not written.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Word-of-mouth.
  • adj. Verbal, oral, informal
  • n. An ornamental star-like Christmas lantern from the Philippines.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Given or done by word of mouth; oral; also, given by a writing not under seal.
  • n. A word; an oral utterance.
  • n. Oral declaration; word of mouth; also, a writing not under seal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See parole.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English parole, from Anglo-Norman, from Vulgar Latin *paraula; see parole.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

from Middle French parole, from Latin parabola, from Ancient Greek παραβολή (parabolē)


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