Part of speech: verb

To hold a conference; argue.

Part of speech: noun

An oral conference, as with an enemy.

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Usage examples "parley":

  1. On May 24, the Regent, instead of attacking, halted at Auchterarder, fourteen miles away, and sent Argyll and Lord James to parley. - "John Knox and the Reformation", Andrew Lang.
  2. A moment's parley and they separated- Clutching Hand going back to Elaine, who was now under the influence of the second drug. - "The Exploits of Elaine", Arthur B. Reeve.
  3. Another ten minutes' parley ensued; she had to see the manager, and was closeted with him in his office, so that by the time they emerged into the street again a full hour had gone by. - "The Getting of Wisdom", Henry Handel Richardson.