Definitions

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  • n. A bilateral meeting.

Etymologies

Shortening of bilateral. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Her first reaction had been that the bilat was a computer-generated graphic.

    Analog Science Fiction and Fact

  • Brown was also the first to arrive and settled into a breakneck pace of diplomacy, even squeezing a bilateral meeting into his half hour at the royal suite at Heathrow (abbreviated to 'bilat', to emphasise the rush).

    The Guardian World News

  • Obama will spend most of his day at the Intercontinental Hotel in Toronto, where he will participate in a series of one-on-one (bilateral) meetings with some of the world leaders, something officials call a "bilat."

    A guide to Obama's weekend at the G-20 summit

  • Rhodes was still working on the speech on his laptop when Obama had his “bilat” with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt.

    THE PROMISE

  • Indian officials decided to cut agreed-upon number of WH pool allowed into spray of extended bilat meeting between Obama and Singh from eight to five.

    Trailing Obama on White House 'pool duty'

  • White House press aide Katie Lillie and other U.S. officials lobbied hard for the eight, but no luck until Gibbs announced loudly and persistently on steps of Hyderabad House that he would pull POTUS out of bilat with PM Singh unless "the White House 8," as we've come to be known, were all allowed in.

    Trailing Obama on White House 'pool duty'

  • Katie Lillie and other U.S. officials lobbied hard for the eight, but no luck until Gibbbs announced loudly and persistently on steps of Hyderabad House that he would pull POTUS of bilat with PM Singh unless "the White House 8," as we've come to be known, were all allowed in.

    Robert Gibbs Fights With Indian Security Over White House Press Corps Restrictions

  • More angry words ensued, and after Gibbs convinced them, through high volume and repetition, that he was serious about pulling POTUS, we all made it inside, to hold with larger Indian press contingent, for start of extended bilat.

    Robert Gibbs Fights With Indian Security Over White House Press Corps Restrictions

  • Indian officials decided to cut agreed-upon number of WH pool allowed into spray of extended bilat bilateral meeting from eight to five.

    Robert Gibbs Fights With Indian Security Over White House Press Corps Restrictions

  • YELLIN: Suzanne, I sure hope there's video of the Clinton/Santa bilat, because, you know, we'd go to town with that.

    CNN Transcript Dec 22, 2009

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  • “The club is “a place to see and be seen,” as its Web site says — that is, unless you are a visiting president who after a day and a half of blinis, beluga and bilats (the diplo term for “bilateral meetings”) just wants to hang out with the clan.”

    The New York Times, Obama Dines In, to Some Russians’ Distaste, by Peter Baker, July 7, 2009

    July 8, 2009