Definition for PA-ROLE'

PA-ROLE', n. [See Parol.]

  1. Word of mouth. In military affairs, a promise given by a prisoner of war, when he has leave to depart from custody, that he will return at the time appointed, unless discharged. A parole is properly a verbal or unwritten promise, but I believe it is customary to take a promise in writing.
  2. A word given out every day in orders by a commanding officer, in camp or garrison, by which friends may be distinguished from enemies. – Encyc.

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