An example of a pourparler is two heads of state meeting for tea before an important diplomatic meeting.
Origin of pourparlerFrench ; from pour, for + parler, to speak
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 pr&omacron;; see pro–1) + parler, to talk; see parley.
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