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[pahr-lee] /ˈpɑr li/

noun, plural parleys.
a discussion or conference.
an informal conference between enemies under a truce, especially to discuss terms, conditions of surrender, etc.
verb (used without object), parleyed, parleying.
to hold an informal conference with an enemy under a truce, as between active hostilities.
to speak, talk, or confer.
[pahr-lee] /ˈpɑr li/
Peter, pen name of .
a discussion, esp between enemies under a truce to decide terms of surrender, etc
(intransitive) to discuss, esp with an enemy under a truce
(transitive) to speak (a foreign language)

“conference, speech,” especially with an enemy, mid-15c., from Middle French parlée, from fem. past participle of Old French parler “to speak” (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *paraulare, from Late Latin parabolare “to speak (in parables),” from parabola “speech, discourse,” from Latin parabola “comparison” (see parable).

late 14c., “to speak, talk, confer,” probably a separate borrowing of Old French parler “to speak” (see parley (n.)). Related: Parleyed; parleying. Meaning “to discuss terms” is 1560s, from the noun.


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