American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Conversation or discussion preliminary to negotiation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A preliminary conference of a more or less informal nature; a consultation preliminary to subsequent negotiation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Diplomacy) A consultation preliminary to a treaty.
- Borrowing from French. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old French, to discuss with the aim of reaching agreement, conversation preliminary to an agreement : pour, for, before (from Old French, from Latin prō; see pro-1) + parler, to talk; see parley. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“David said, comprehending it all, and, when Lord Windlehurst appealed to her, offering by a word contribution to the 'pourparler', she was studying David as steadily as her heated senses would permit her.”
“While her mind was engaged subconsciously with what Lord Windlehurst and David said, comprehending it all, and, when Lord Windlehurst appealed to her, offering by a word contribution to the 'pourparler', she was studying David as steadily as her heated senses would permit her.”
“The last-named group on the other hand, produced much pourparler, for Jay maintained that these Negroes were "clearly comprehended by the terms of the treaty.”
“The official drummer could explain by the high and low alternations of his taps that a deed of violence just done was not a crime but a pourparler for the forming of a league.”
“The old woman in Normandy had written, oh, yes; but then there must have been a great pourparler, and even Félicité had grown angry.”
“Further, Mr. Stent accompanied Cecil Rhodes to the Mattopo hills, where the late Colossus went unarmed to hold with the Matabele chiefs the pourparler which brought about the peace of Southern Rhodesia.”
“To humour a madman -- that is what one always advised, therefore Stolphe would make the pourparler, as the French say.”
“Still, I managed to be equal to the occasion, and held a long _pourparler_ with the Prince, his courtiers standing around, in a room which he had furnished in the European style, with two Chinese chairs and a table!”
“When both the persons to be wedded possess fathers, a friendly pourparler takes place between the two papas and in the course of repeated libations of wine, the terms are settled, and with the help of a "wise man" a lucky day is named, upon which the wedding shall take place.”
“The besieged emperor somewhat relaxed the austerity of his demeanour at this; another pourparler took place, in the midst of which the fox told the Commission to mention (as if casually) that among others there would be a clause restoring independence to all those princes and archdukes whose domains the late Kapchack had annexed.”
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