16th cent. borrowing from Ancient Greek παραβολή (parabolé) "comparison;" "parable." From πᾰρᾰ́ (pará) "beside" and βάλλειν (bállein) "to throw," combined for the sense of placing two things side-by-side for the purpose of comparison. For the continued etymology of πᾰρᾰ́, see relevant notes under pre-; for the etymology of βάλλειν, see diablo.
Romance: Western Vulgar Latin: Asturian pallabra, Portuguese palavra, Galician palabra, Catalan paraula, French palabre, Italian parola ; Sardinian: paragula