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.
Discussion or negotiation preliminary to an agreement or treaty.
An informal preliminary discussion.
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Origin of pourparler
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition