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n. pl. par·leys
A discussion or conference, especially one between enemies over terms of truce or other matters.
intr.v. par·leyed, par·ley·ing, par·leys
To have a discussion, especially with an enemy.
[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.]
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(Military) a discussion, esp between enemies under a truce to decide terms of surrender, etc
1. (Military) (intr) to discuss, esp with an enemy under a truce
2. (Linguistics) (tr) to speak (a foreign language)
[C16: from French, from parler to talk, from Medieval Latin parabolāre, from Late Latin parabola speech, parable]
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n., pl. -leys, n.
1. discussion; conference.
2. a conference between enemies under a truce.v.i.
3. to hold a parley.
[1400–50; late Middle English parlai < Middle French parlee, n. use of feminine of parle, past participle of parler to speak < Late Latin parabolāre; see parable]
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Past participle: parleyed
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|Noun||1.||parley - a negotiation between enemies|
|Verb||1.||parley - discuss, as between enemies|
negociate - confer with another in order to come to terms or reach an agreement; "The parties negociated all night"
palaver - have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds
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1. The act or process of dealing with another to reach an agreement:
2. An exchange of views in an attempt to reach a decision:
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