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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.

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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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parleyAli, alley, Allie, Ally, bally, dally, dilly-dally, farfalle, galley, Halley, mallee, Mexicali, pally, Raleigh, rally, reveille, sally, tally, valley •Chablis • brambly •badly, Bradley, Hadlee, madly, sadly •scraggly •dangly, gangly •crackly • Shankly • Bramley •Manley, manly, Osmanli, Stanley •slatternly •Langley, tangly •amply • Ashley •Attlee, fatly, patly •aptly • shilly-shally •Bali, barley, Cali, Carly, Charlie, Dali, Diwali, finale, gnarly, Gurkhali, Kali, Kigali, Mali, Marley, marly, Pali, parley, snarly, Somali, Svengali, tamale •Barclay, Berkeley, clerkly, sparkly •Darnley • ghastly • Hartley • Barnsley •blackguardly

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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.

                          revised by Mark M. Boatner

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