• WordNet 3.6
    • v parley discuss, as between enemies
    • n parley a negotiation between enemies
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Parley Mutual discourse or conversation; discussion; hence, an oral conference with an enemy, as with regard to a truce. "We yield on parley , but are stormed in vain."
    • v. i Parley 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. "They are at hand,
      To parley or to fight; therefore prepare."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n parley Discourse or conversation; discussion; a conference; specifically, a brief conference with an enemy as under a flag of truce; an informal treating between two hostile parties before or in the course of a contest. Cf. barley.
    • parley To speak; discourse; confer on some point of mutual concern; especially, to confer with an enemy, as on an exchange of prisoners, or on the cessation of hostilities.
    • parley To argue.
    • parley To utter; speak.
    • n parley Same as parliament, 7.
    • parley In the United States, in faro and similar games, and in horse-racing, to stake (one's money, together with that won by it on another bet): as, to parley one's bet. See paroli.
    • n parley The act of leaving as a stake the money staked on a previous bet, together with that won by it. See paroli.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Parley to speak with another: to confer on some important point: to treat with an enemy
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  • Margaret Valois
    Margaret Valois
    “In love, as in war, a fortress that parleys is half taken.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “I do not hold that we should rearm in order to fight. I hold that we should rearm in order to parley.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. parler—L. parabola—Gr. parabolē, a parable, word.


In literature:

A parley was now sounded by the victorious and pursuing enemy.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Every man protested, but the Camanches refused to parley.
"St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 4, February 1878" by Various
Peter Parley's Own Story.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 76, February, 1864" by Various
He felt sure that he would be suffered no such long parley as before.
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms
By and by he sent a messenger asking Mr. Watts to come out and parley.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
Wherefore is a proposal not made to him and do we not parley with him?
"The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge" by Unknown
The people in general felt that the time for writing notes, for parleying had passed.
"History of the American Negro in the Great World War" by W. Allison Sweeney
The other was a dove-peep to a parley.
"Makers of Madness" by Hermann Hagedorn
"Peter Parley's Tales About America and Australia" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
"An Introduction to the Study of Browning" by Arthur Symons
We had some parley with the company commander, who was of the earth earthy.
"Leaves from a Field Note-Book" by J. H. Morgan
There seemed to be some iron in it, but I wouldn't dane to parley.
"Samantha at the World's Fair" by Marietta Holley
Drake and he met in boats for a parley.
"English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century" by James Anthony Froude
Isabella of Buchan is not fool enough to hold parley with such as we, rely on't.
"The Days of Bruce Vol 1" by Grace Aguilar
The little party rowed to the bank and began to parley.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
In the town it was supposed to be for a mere parley.
"The Bastonnais" by John Lesperance
Yet the leader, studiously maintaining his Ku-Klux masquerade, parleyed with his underlings and consulted a heavy nickel-cased watch.
"A Pagan of the Hills" by Charles Neville Buck
Susan watched him draw up at Glen's side, lean from his saddle for a moment's parley, then turn back.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
Like many another, literally and figuratively, York went over to the enemy's ground to parley, and ended in staying there.
"The White Rose of Langley" by Emily Sarah Holt
He was a commanding figure, with the face and front of a man in whom there was no parley.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard

In poetry:

And each with other, sans condition,
Held parley brief or long,
Without provoking rash suspicion
Of marriage or of wrong.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
He did not pause to parley or dissemble,
But smote the Warden hoar;
Ah! what a blow! that made all England tremble
And groan from shore to shore.
"The Warden Of The Cinque Ports. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Weak soul, by sense still led astray,
Why wilt thou parley with the foe?
He seeks to work thine overthrow,
And thou, poor fool! dost point the way.
"The Tempted Soul" by Robert Fuller Murray
The spirit of the flowers is watching now,
As winking in the sun they suck the dew,
The thickets parley with the splendid fields—
What meaneth June, to hap us every year?
"No Answer" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
To-day I have grown taller from walking with the trees,
The seven sister-poplars who go softly in a line;
And I think my heart is whiter for its parley with a star
That trembled out at nightfall and hung above the pine.
"Good Company" by Karle Wilson Baker
"To the Cid who in good time girt brand my greeting do I send,
And let us hold the parley when three weeks are at an end.
If I yet live, then doubtless I shall wait him in that place."
They tarried not, but hastened home to the Cid apace.
"The Lay of the Cid - Cantar II" by Anonymous European

In news:

Officials are using "backroom channels" to parley with the terrorist group.
Midge 's father, Parley, was an early scout/colonizer.
A Parley Yet to Be Held.
Parley 's "dog" Creek to Suicide Rock.
But it's also where the legendary mock-metalheads are parleying online video into a new legion of followers.
Not only is David Gomez is the new principal at Parley's Park Elementary School, he's the first fully bilingual principal in Park City School District.
Commuters coming into Salt Lake Valley through Parleys Canyon Friday were advised to add some extra time for their trips: Interstate 80 is restricted to one lane through the area due to road repair work.
Commuters coming into Salt Lake Valley through Parleys Canyon Friday were advised to add some extra time for their trips: Interstate 80 is restricted to one lane through the area due to road repair work.
Ed was born Sept 7, 1942, in Rock Falls to Parley and Edna (Reisinger) Bright.
He was born December 8, 1924 in Blanding, UT to Oscar Parley and Alfreata James Hurst , the ninth of 11 children.
Overture 8:15 Henry Purcell Parley of Instruments Peter Holman Buy Now.
Romney's great-great-grandfather Parley P Pratt, an apostle in the church, had 12 wives.
When 50 Praetorian riders approached the marines, looking to parley, the marines, itchy and strung-out, slaughtered 49 of them, leaving one survivor.
Parley's Park Elementary Wins Prestigious Science Award.
Parley's Park Elementary School second graders embarked on a new challenge, one that resulted in cutting the garbage from the school's cafeteria by 42%, which earned them a cash prize and a prestigious science award.

In science:

Parley as an approach to distributed detection.
Distributed Detection in Sensor Networks with Limited Range Multi-Modal Sensors