The parley between Japan and Russia resulted in the surrender of Port Arthur during Russo-Japanese War.
- The definition of a parley is a discussion, especially between enemies.
An example of a parley is a meeting where the senior officers in a war attends to discuss plans to end the war.
- Parley means to discuss, especially with an enemy.
An example of parley is for a warring country to host a conference with its opponent.
Origin of parleyfrom French parler, to speak from Old French from Ecclesiastical Late Latin parabolare, speak from parabola, a speech, parable
intransitive verbpar·leyed, par·ley·ing, par·leys
Origin of parleyMiddle English from Old French parlee from feminine past participle of parler to talk from Vulgar Latin paraulāre from Late Latin parabolāre from parabola discourse ; see parable .
(third-person singular simple present parleys, present participle parleying, simple past and past participle parleyed)