parlay

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Coined circa 1828 as a verb, used as a noun since about 1904. From French parler (speak).

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parlay (third-person singular simple present parlays, present participle parlaying, simple past and past participle parlayed)

  1. (transitive) To carry forward the stake and winnings from a bet onto a subsequent wager.
  2. (by extension) To increase.
  3. To speak about peace. To have peace talks. See also: pow-wow.
  4. (transitive) To convert into something better.
    • April 19 2002, Scott Tobias, AV Club Fightville[1]
      Epperlein and Tucker focus on two featherweight hopefuls: Dustin Poirier, a formidable contender who’s looking to parlay a history of schoolyard violence and street-fighting into a potential career, and Albert Stainback, a more thoughtful yet more erratic and undisciplined fighter whose chief gimmick is entering the ring wearing a hat like the one Malcolm McDowell wore in A Clockwork Orange.

Noun[edit]

parlay (plural parlays)

  1. Such a bet or series of bets.
  2. A negotiation session, especially one negotiating a treaty.
    • 2017 August 27, Brandon Nowalk, “Game Of Thrones slows down for the longest, and best, episode of the season (newbies)”, in The Onion AV Club[2]:
      What’s so great about the episode is it takes its time. The first 30 minutes of this 79-minute behemoth—a model for season eight’s reportedly extended run-times—are a single set piece, the big parlay in the Dragon Pit at King’s Landing.

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Quechua[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish parlar.

Noun[edit]

parlay

  1. speech, language

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parlay

  1. (transitive, intransitive) to speak, converse, talk

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