- 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: from French parler, to speak from Old French from Ecclesiastical Late Latin parabolare, to speak from parabola, a speech, parable
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noun pl. par·leys
Origin: Middle 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.