- 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 parley; from 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 *paraul&amacron;re, from Late Latin parabol&amacron;re, from parabola, discourse; see parable.
(third-person singular simple present parleys, present participle parleying, simple past and past participle parleyed)