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noun, plural dé·marches [dey-marsh] /deɪˈmarʃ/. French.
  1. an action or gesture by a diplomat, especially a formal appeal, protest, or the like.
  2. a statement, protest, or the like presented to public officials by private citizens, interest groups, etc.
  3. a procedure or step; move; maneuver.

Origin of démarche

literally, gait
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Historical Examples of demarche

  • A hotel would be nothing; you could call on anybody at a hotel, if you had to; but here would be a demarche indeed!

    Lady Baltimore

    Owen Wister

British Dictionary definitions for demarche


  1. a move, step, or manoeuvre, esp in diplomatic affairs
  2. a representation or statement of views, complaints, etc, to a public authority

Word Origin for démarche

C17: literally: walk, gait, from Old French demarcher to tread, trample; see de-, march 1
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Word Origin and History for demarche

1650s, "walk, step," from French démarche (15c.) literally "gait, walk, bearing," from démarcher (12c.) "to march," from de- + marcher (see march (v.)). Meaning "a diplomatic step" attested from 1670s. A word never quite anglicized.

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