parole NOUN 1) the temporary or permanent release of a prisoner before the expiry of a sentence, on the promise of good behaviour. 2) historical a prisoner of war's word of honour not to escape or, if released, to act as a non-belligerent.
VERB release (a prisoner) on parole.
DERIVATIVES parolee noun.
ORIGIN Old French, 'word' , from Latin parabola 'speech' .

English terms dictionary. 2015.