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par·ley / ˈpärlē/ • n. (pl. -leys) a conference between opposing sides in a dispute, esp. a discussion of terms for an armistice.• v. (-leys, -leyed) [intr.] hold a conference with the opposing side to discuss terms: they disagreed over whether to parley with the enemy.

Parley

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Parley

PARLEY. As early as the sixteenth century, this term was used to mean an informal conference between military opponents to treat or discuss terms. A parley usually was requested to discuss surrender, but it also was called to arrange a truce to care for wounded men lying between the lines. It often was a means of gaining time. A parley with the Indians was known in America as a powow.

SEE ALSO Chamade.

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parley speech, talk; (conference for) discussion of terms. XVI. perh. — OF. parlee, sb. use of fem. pp. of parler speak (see prec.).
Hence parley vb. XVI. So parleyvoo (joc.) sb. French talk XVIII; Frenchman XIX; vb. talk French XVIII. — F. parlez-vous (français)? do you speak (French)?

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