Part of speech: verb
Origin: Late Middle English, 16th century
Hold a conference with the opposing side to discuss terms.
Examples of Parley in a sentence
"The brothers parleyed the terms of the annual fantasy football league."
"We need to parley before any contracts will be signed."
Popularity Over Time
"Parley" meant speech or debate in late Middle English, perhaps coming from the Old French verb "parler," meaning to speak.
Did you Know?
Parley can be used as both a noun or a verb, used for hashing out terms between opposing sides. Swap a vowel, and the word "parlay" means to turn an initial stake or winnings from a previous bet into a greater amount by gambling.