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Recent Examples on the Web Watford, England — NATO leaders played down their differences on Wednesday, issuing a communique after a short summit near London underlining their commitment to defend each other in times of trouble. Washington Post, "A brief look at the NATO summit declaration," 4 Dec. 2019 Last week, the ruling Communist Party concluded a Central Committee conclave that was notable for the absence of major announcements — except for a communique suffused with ideology and reiterating political backing for Xi., "Xi backs Lam but offers no solution to continuing protests in Hong Kong - The Boston Globe," 6 Nov. 2019 If the communique is an accurate representation of what happened behind closed doors, Xi Jinping is here to stay. Ben Westcott, CNN, "China's top political body met in secret and issued an ominous message to Hong Kong," 1 Nov. 2019 Macron also said the G-7 communique will be brief, but will touch on Libya, Syria, Hong Kong and Iran. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Trump says he would "certainly invite" Putin to next year's G-7 summit," 26 Aug. 2019 The communique ordered the 87-foot Narwhal to steam at full speed to Santa Cruz Island, about 30 miles off the Santa Barbara coast, to participate in the search for survivors of a fire aboard the commercial dive boat Conception. David C. Henley, Daily Pilot, "‘It will live with me forever’: Coast Guard officer recalls 4 days of duty at site of dive boat tragedy," 9 Sep. 2019 The French hosts abandoned the usual formal communique signed by the seven leaders—from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States—pledging future courses of action. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Weird Whoppers at the G-7 Summit," 27 Aug. 2019 But such messages have been muddied because of Trump’s communiques. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, "With Trump silent, Canada and the EU urge de-escalation in Hong Kong," 18 Aug. 2019 The communique will be incorporated into proposals to be endorsed by the top leaders in Osaka. Washington Post, "G-20 talks trade, finance as Japan readies for Osaka summit," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of communiqué

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for communiqué

French, from past participle of communiquer to communicate, from Latin communicare

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7 Dec 2019

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“Communiqué.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of communiqué

formal : an official announcement about a usually very important piece of news

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