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. [1913 Webster]

We yield on parley, but are stormed in vain. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{To beat a parley} (Mil.), to beat a drum, or sound a trumpet, as a signal for holding a conference with the enemy. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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