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[poor-par-ley; English poo r-pahr-ley] /pur parˈleɪ; English ˌpʊər pɑrˈleɪ/
noun, plural pourparlers
[poor-par-ley; English poo r-pahr-leyz] /pur parˈleɪ; English ˌpʊər pɑrˈleɪz/ (Show IPA).
an informal preliminary conference.
Origin of pourparler
literally, for talking Unabridged
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  • 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


/purparle; English pʊəˈpɑːleɪ/
an informal or preliminary conference
Word Origin
literally: for speaking
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