Definition of parley in English:


Syllabification: par·ley
Pronunciation: /ˈpärlē

noun (plural parleys)

  • A conference between opposing sides in a dispute, especially a discussion of terms for an armistice.
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    • Discussions, secret parleys and meetings, at various places, marked the last few days.
    • According to one story, they took unfair advantage by attacking when a parley was in progress.
    • In the halls of NBA front offices, in the power lunches, agent meetings and cell-phone parleys, it was a summer of impressive work by the league's best teams.
    negotiation, talk(s), conference, summit, discussion, powwow
    informal confab
    formal colloquy, confabulation

verb (parleys, parleying, parleyed)

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  • Hold a conference with the opposing side to discuss terms: they disagreed over whether to parley with the enemy
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    • For two and a half months, the military command had parleyed and negotiated with the racialist thug and his group, which included both active and retired senior military and intelligence officers.
    • He refused to comment on rumors that the two companies are already parleying.
    • It continues a tradition of apt venues for the awards which for years were held in the Merchant Adventurers Hall in York - that wondrous 14th century Foss-side building where business people have gathered and parleyed for centuries.
    discuss terms, talk, hold talks, negotiate, deliberate
    informal powwow


late Middle English (denoting speech or debate): perhaps from Old French parlee 'spoken', feminine past participle of the verb parler.

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