Definition of parley in English:


Line breaks: par¦ley
Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːli

noun (plural parleys)

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, speak to each other, confer, consult with each other, 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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