Definition of démarche
1 a : a course of action : maneuver b : a diplomatic or political initiative or maneuver
2 : a petition or protest presented through diplomatic channels
Did You Know?
When it comes to international diplomacy, the French may not always have the last word - but they have quite a few, which they've shared with English. "Démarche," which in French can mean "gait," "walk," or "action," among other things, is one of the earliest of these; we started using it in the 1600s. It was first used generally in the sense of "a maneuver," and before long it developed a specific use in the world of diplomacy. Some of the other diplomacy-related words we use that come from French include attaché, "chargé d'affaires," "communiqué," "détente," and "agrément" (a word used in diplomatic parlance for approval of a diplomatic representative) - not to mention the words "diplomacy" and "diplomat" themselves.
Variants of démarche
demarcheplay \dā-ˈmärsh, di-ˈ, ˈdā-ˌ\
Origin and Etymology of démarche
French démarche, literally, gait, from Middle French, from demarcher to march, from Old French demarchier, from de- + marchier to march
First Known Use: 1658
Rhymes with démarche
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