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English Dictionary: parley by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a negotiation between enemies
  1. discuss, as between enemies
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Parley \Par"ley\, n.; pl. {Parleys}. [F. parler speech, talk,
      fr. parler to speak, LL. parabolare, fr. L. parabola a
      comparison, parable, in LL., a word. See {Parable}, and cf.
      {Parliament}, {Parlor}.]
      Mutual discourse or conversation; discussion; hence, an oral
      conference with an enemy, as with regard to a truce.
               We yield on parley, but are stormed in vain. --Dryden.
      {To beat a parley} (Mil.), to beat a drum, or sound a
            trumpet, as a signal for holding a conference with the

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Parley \Par"ley\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Parleyed}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Parleying}.]
      To speak with another; to confer on some point of mutual
      concern; to discuss orally; hence, specifically, to confer
      orally with an enemy; to treat with him by words, as on an
      exchange of prisoners, an armistice, or terms of peace.
               They are at hand, To parley or to fight; therefore
               prepare.                                                --Shak.
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