parley
I. intransitive verb (parleyed; parleying) Date: 1570 to speak with another ; confer; specifically to discuss terms with an enemy II. noun (plural parleys) Etymology: Middle English parlai speech, probably from Middle French parlee, from feminine of parlé, past participle of parler to speak, from Medieval Latin parabolare, from Late Latin parabola speech, parable — more at parable Date: 1580 1. a. a conference for discussion of points in dispute b. a conference with an enemy 2. discussion

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
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