- The definition of a pourparler is a discussion before official talks or negotiations begin.
An example of a pourparler is two heads of state meeting for tea before an important diplomatic meeting.
Origin: Fr from pour, for plush parler, to speak
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Origin: 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.