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From Old French parole (word, formal promise), from Late Latin parabola (speech)



parole (usually uncountable, plural paroles)

  1. The release or state of a former prisoner on the understanding that he/she checks in regularly and obeys the law.
    He will be on parole for nearly two more years.
    He was released on parole.
    The defendant shall be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
  2. The amount of time a former prisoner spends on limited release.
  3. (archaic) A word of honor, especially given by a prisoner of war, to not engage in combat if released.
    • Macaulay
      This man had forfeited his military parole.
  4. (linguistics) Language in use, as opposed to language as a system.
  5. (US, immigration law) The permission for foreigner who does not meet the technical requirements for a visa to be allowed to enter the U.S. on humanitarian grounds.
  6. A watchword given only to officers of guards; distinguished from the countersign, which is given to all guards.
  7. (law) An oral declaration; see parol.

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parole (third-person singular simple present paroles, present participle paroling, simple past and past participle paroled)

  1. (transitive) To release (a prisoner) on the understanding that s/he checks in regularly and obeys the law.



From Vulgar Latin *paraula, from Latin parabola (comparison).



parole f (plural paroles)

  1. utterance, expression, (a unit of discourse, firstly oral)
  2. voice, spoken word
  3. (in plural paroles) lyrics, words (of a song)
    paroles d'une chanson - words of a song, lyrics of a song
  4. promise, word
    il tient parole - he keeps his word
  5. floor; the right to speak in a legislative assembly
    Le député a la parole - the member has the floor




parole f pl

  1. plural form of parola
    Ci vogliono fatti e non parole.
    Action is needed, not words.
  2. (of a song) lyrics, words
    Musica di Paolo, parole di Lorenzo
    Music by Paolo, lyrics by Lorenzo.




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parole f (5th declension)

  1. (military) password (identification word used in military operations or in secret, covert activities (e.g., by a secret service, in a revolutionary movement, etc.))
    prasīt paroli — to ask for the password
    pateikt paroli — to say, give the password
    parole iekļūšanai sapulcē bija: “uz satikšanos” — the password to be admitted to the meeting was: “till we meet again”
    lai tiktu cauri visām trim apsardzības ķēdēm, vajadzēja zināt trīs dažādas paroles — in order to get through all three defense lines, it was necessary to know three different passwords
  2. (computing) password (sequence of characters that gives access to a website)
    agrāk vispopulārākā parole bija “password” — previously the most popular password was “password”


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Late Latin parabola


parole f (oblique plural paroles, nominative singular parole, nominative plural paroles)

  1. word
  2. (by extension, figuratively) the right to speak