from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To bet (an original wager and its winnings) on a subsequent event.
- transitive v. To maneuver (an asset) to great advantage: parlayed some small investments into a large fortune.
- n. A bet comprising the sum of a prior wager plus its winnings or a series of bets made in such a manner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To carry forward the stake and winnings from a bet onto a subsequent wager.
- v. To increase.
- v. To speak about peace. To have peace talks. See also: pow-wow.
- v. To convert into something better
- n. Such a bet or series of bets.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To wager the winnings plus the initial stake of one bet on a subsequent wager, or to engage in a series of such increased wagers.
- transitive v. To exploit success in one endeavor so as to achieve greater success in subsequent endeavors.
- transitive v. Fig., to transform a gain into something of greater value.
- n. The act of betting the winnings from a prior bet, plus the original stake, on a subsequent bet; the second or later such bet in a series; also, a series of such bets, with the stakes for later bets coming from the winnings of earlier bets.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See parley.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. stake winnings from one bet on a subsequent wager
- n. a series of wagers in which the winnings from one wager are used as a stake for the subsequent wagers
Alteration of paroli, staking of double the sum staked before in faro, from French, from obsolete Italian, probably from Italian parare, to place a bet, from Latin parāre, to prepare; see pare.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined ca. 1828 as a verb, used as a noun ca. 1904. From French parler ("speak"). (Wiktionary)