how to pronounce parlay


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parlay is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of parlay in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… wonder if I might parlay that actually …”

meanings of parlay


  1. To increase (an asset, money, etc.) by gambling or investing in a daring manner.
  2. To convert (a situation, thing, etc.) into something better.
  3. To carry forward the stake and winnings from a bet on to a subsequent wager or series of wagers.
  4. Alternative spelling of parley (“to have a discussion, especially one between enemies").


  1. A bet or series of bets where the stake and winnings are cumulatively carried forward; an accumulator.

parlay frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word parlay occurs in english on average 0.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics parlay can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that parlay can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) communication, information, and media;

words with pronunciation similar to parlay


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