Definitions

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

  • n. Law The release of a prisoner whose term has not expired on condition of sustained lawful behavior that is subject to regular monitoring by an officer of the law for a set period of time.
  • n. Law The duration of such conditional release.
  • n. A password used by an officer of the day, an officer on guard, or the personnel commanded by such an officer.
  • n. Word of honor, especially that of a prisoner of war who is granted freedom only after promising not to engage in combat until formally exchanged.
  • n. Linguistics The act of speaking; a particular utterance or word.
  • transitive v. To release (a prisoner) on parole.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The release or state of a former prisoner on the understanding that he/she checks in regularly and obeys the law.
  • n. The amount of time a former prisoner spends on limited release.
  • n. A word of honor, especially given by a prisoner of war, to not engage in combat if released.
  • n. Language in use, as opposed to language as a system.
  • n. The permission for foreigner who does not meet the technical requirements for a visa to be allowed to enter the U.S. on humanitarian grounds.
  • v. To release (a prisoner) on the understanding that s/he checks in regularly and obeys the law.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A word; an oral utterance.
  • n. Word of promise; word of honor; plighted faith
  • n. A watchword given only to officers of guards; -- distinguished from countersign, which is given to all guards.
  • n. Oral declaration. See 1st Parol, 2.
  • n. The release of a prisoner from confinement prior to the end of the original sentence, conditioned on good behavior and often with other specific conditions, such as not to associate with known criminals. Such early release is common where the sentence provides a minimum and maximum term.
  • n. A document authorizing a parole{5}.
  • adj. See 2d parol.
  • transitive v. To set at liberty on parole.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A word or words; word of mouth; oral utterance or statement; language; text.
  • n. Word of honor given or pledged; solemn promise; plighted faith; specifically, a formal promise or pledge given by a prisoner of war that he will not try to escape if allowed to go about at liberty, or that, if released, he will return to custody at a certain time if not previously discharged, or that he will not bear arms against his captors within a stated period, as during the existing war.
  • n. Milit., a word or words given out every day in orders by a commanding officer, in camp or garrison, by which friends may be distinguished from enemies.
  • n. In law: Oral declarations; word of mouth.
  • n. The pleadings in a suit.
  • Given by word of mouth; oral; not written: opposed to documentary, or given by affidavit: as, parole evidence.
  • Not given or executed under seal: either verbal or written, but without seal: as, a parole contract.
  • To accept a parole from; allow to go about at liberty on parole. See parole, n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. release a criminal from detention and place him on parole
  • n. a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group
  • n. (law) a conditional release from imprisonment that entitles the person to serve the remainder of the sentence outside the prison as long as the terms of release are complied with
  • n. a promise

Etymologies

French, promise, word, from Vulgar Latin *paraula, from Latin parabola, discourse; see parable.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French parole ("word, formal promise"), from Late Latin parabola ("speech") (Wiktionary)

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  • "PAROLE, the promise made by a prisoner of war to return at a time appointed, or not to take up arms; a breach of which, is thought to be infamous, among military men. This term also means a word given out every day in orders, and is used like the countersign, by the officers and non-commissioned officers on guard."
    A pocket dictionary, for military officers, containing a definition of all the tactical terms now in use, with other matter belonging to the art of war, &c. By H.M. Rose, brigade major and inspector in the militia of North Carolina. Raleigh: Printed at the Minerva Press, by Alexander Lucas., 1816.

    October 9, 2008

  • German (and French?) for password.

    January 9, 2008