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Definitions for parley
ˈpɑr lipar·ley

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. parleyverb

    a negotiation between enemies

  2. parleyverb

    discuss, as between enemies


  1. parleynoun

    A conference, especially one between enemies.

  2. parleyverb

    To have a discussion, especially one between enemies.

  3. Etymology: From parler (to talk).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Parleynoun

    Oral treaty; talk; conference; discussion by word of mouth.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Seek rather by parley to recover them, than by the sword. Philip Sidney.

    Well, by my will, we shall admit no parley:
    A rotten case abides no handling. William Shakespeare.

    In such a parley should I answer thee. William Shakespeare.

    Summon a parley, we will talk with him. William Shakespeare.

    Let us resolve never to have any parley with our lusts, but to make some considerable progress in our repentance. Edmund Calamy.

    No gentle means could be essay’d;
    ’Twas beyond parley when the siege was laid. Dryden.

    Force never yet a generous heart did gain;
    We yield on parley, but are storm’d in vain. Dryden.

    Yet when some better fated youth
    Shall with his am’rous parley move thee,
    Reflect one moment on his truth,
    Who, dying thus, persists to love thee. Matthew Prior.

  2. To PARLEYverb

    To treat by word of mouth; to talk; to discuss any thing orally. It is much used in war for a meeting of enemies to talk.

    Etymology: from parler, French.

    A Turk desired the captain to send some, with whom they might more conveniently parley. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    He parleys with her a while, as imagining she would advise him to proceed. William Broome.


  1. parley

    Parley is a discussion or conference, especially one between enemies or opposing sides over terms of agreement or other matters. It is a negotiation or a diplomatic conversation where disagreements are settled peacefully.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parleynoun

    mutual discourse or conversation; discussion; hence, an oral conference with an enemy, as with regard to a truce

  2. Parleyverb

    to speak with another; to confer on some point of mutual concern; to discuss orally; hence, specifically, to confer orally with an enemy; to treat with him by words, as on an exchange of prisoners, an armistice, or terms of peace

  3. Etymology: [F. parler speech, talk, fr. parler to speak, LL. parabolare, fr. L. parabola a comparison, parable, in LL., a word. See Parable, and cf. Parliament, Parlor.]


  1. Parley

    Parley is a discussion or conference, especially one between enemies over terms of a truce or other matters. For example, in Julius Caesar, the respective followers and armies of Brutus and Antony are ready for a truce. The root of the word parley is parler, which is the French verb "to speak"; specifically the conjugation parlez "you speak", whether as imperative or indicative. Beginning in the High Middle Ages with the expansion of monarchs, a parley, or "talk", was a meeting held between kings and their Chief Retainers. Parleys were part of the many changes in Europe, especially regarding governments. These meetings can be attributed to the formation of parliaments, which are derived from a similar root, parliamentum, simply meaning "talking". The internationally recognized symbol for offering parley is a black flag, particularly in the context of shipping. For example a ship at war wishing to enter parley with its attackers may raise a black flag to indicate this.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. parley

    That beat of drum by which a conference with the enemy is desired. Synonymous with chamade.--To parley. To bandy words.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. parley

    An oral conference with an enemy. It takes place under a flag of truce, and usually at some spot—for the time neutral—between the two armies. To beat a parley, is to give a signal for such a conference by beat of drum or sound of trumpet.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parley in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parley in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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