from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Conversation or discussion preliminary to negotiation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A diplomatic consultation, preliminary to a treaty.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A consultation preliminary to a treaty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A preliminary conference of a more or less informal nature; a consultation preliminary to subsequent negotiation.
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)
Borrowing from French. (Wiktionary)