- 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.
an informal preliminary discussion
Origin of pourparlerFrench ; from pour, for + parler, to speak
Discussion or negotiation preliminary to an agreement or treaty.
Origin of pourparlerFrench, 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.