[poor-par-ley; English poo r-pahr-ley]

noun, plural pour·par·lers [poor-par-ley; English poo r-pahr-leyz] /pur parˈleɪ; English ˌpʊər pɑrˈleɪz/. French.

an informal preliminary conference.

Origin of pourparler

literally, for talking
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Examples from the Web for pourparler

Historical Examples of pourparler

  • To humour a madman—that is what one always advised, therefore Stolphe would make the pourparler, as the French say.

  • It was only after these inquiries that, to use a diplomatic phrase, pourparler for negotiations began.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan

    Baron Kencho Suyematsu

  • Pourparler, a diplomatic conference towards the framing of a treaty.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

    Edited by Rev. James Wood

British Dictionary definitions for pourparler



an informal or preliminary conference

Word Origin for pourparler

literally: for speaking
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