noun (plural parleys)
- A conference between opposing sides in a dispute, especially a discussion of terms for an armistice: a parley is in progress and the invaders may withdrawMore example sentences
- 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.
verb (parleys, parleying, parleyed)[no object] Back to top
- Hold a conference with the opposing side to discuss terms: they disagreed over whether to parley with the enemyMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English (denoting speech or debate): perhaps from Old French parlee 'spoken', feminine past participle of the verb parler.