noun, plural par·leys.

  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), par·leyed, par·ley·ing.

  1. to hold an informal conference with an enemy under a truce, as between active hostilities.
  2. to speak, talk, or confer.


  1. Peter, pen name of Samuel Griswald Goodrich.


  1. a discussion, esp between enemies under a truce to decide terms of surrender, etc


  1. (intr) to discuss, esp with an enemy under a truce
  2. (tr) to speak (a foreign language)

n.“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). v.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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