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Difference between Parlay and Parley

Parlay means to bet one’s winnings over again. It can also mean to exploit something into something more valuable.

  • He parlayed his blackjack winnings into enough money to pay for all his expenses.
  • Using an infomercial, he parlayed a simple invention into a national bestseller.

Parley, as a verb, means to confer with an enemy, to negotiate, or to discuss.

  • The leaders plan to parley their differences in a neutral location.

Parley, as a noun, refers to a conference to resolve disagreements or disputes.

  • The two leaders agreed to meet for a parley.