[ poor-par-ley; English poor-pahr-ley ]
/ pur parˈleɪ; English ˌpʊər pɑrˈleɪ /
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noun, plural pour·par·lers [poor-par-ley; English poor-pahr-leyz]. /pur parˈleɪ; English ˌpʊər pɑrˈleɪz/. French.
an informal preliminary conference.
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Origin of pourparler

Literally, “for talking”
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How to use pourparler in a sentence

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

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for pourparler

/ French (purparle, English pʊəˈpɑːleɪ) /

an informal or preliminary conference

Word Origin for pourparler

literally: for speaking
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