Dictionary: A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z


[pahr-ley, -lee] /ˈpɑr leɪ, -li/

verb (used with object)
to bet or gamble (an original amount and its winnings) on a subsequent race, contest, etc.
Informal. to use (one’s money, talent, or other assets) to achieve a desired objective, as spectacular wealth or success:
He parlayed a modest inheritance into a fortune.
a bet of an original sum and the subsequent winnings.
verb (transitive)
to stake (winnings from one bet) on a subsequent wager Brit equivalent double up
to exploit (one’s talent) to achieve worldly success
a bet in which winnings from one wager are staked on another, or a series of such bets

1701, parloi, term in the card game faro, from French paroli, from Italian parole (Neapolitan paroli) “words, promises,” plural of parolo (see parole). Meaning “exploit to advantage” is from 1942.


To build or increase something from a small initial outlay or possession: She parlayed her dimples into movie superstardom

[1942+; fr horse racing, ”place a series of increasing bets,” found by 1895, fr paralee or parlee, an early 1800s faro term fr Italian parole, ”words, promises”]


Read Also:

  • Parled

    [pahrl] /pɑrl/ noun, verb (used without object), parled, parling. Archaic. 1. talk; parley.

  • Parlement

    [pahr-luh-muh nt] /ˈpɑr lə mənt/ noun, Obsolete. 1. .

  • Parley

    [pahr-lee] /ˈpɑr li/ noun, plural parleys. 1. a discussion or conference. 2. an informal conference between enemies under a truce, especially to discuss terms, conditions of surrender, etc. verb (used without object), parleyed, parleying. 3. to hold an informal conference with an enemy under a truce, as between active hostilities. 4. to speak, talk, or […]

  • Parleyvoo

    /ˌpɑːlɪˈvuː/ verb (intransitive) 1. to speak French noun 2. the French language 3. a Frenchman colloquial for “the French language,” 1754, from French parlez-vous (français?) “do you speak (French?)” For parlez, see parley (n.).

Disclaimer: Parlayed definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.