noun dé·marche \dā-ˈmärsh, di-ˈ, ˈdā-ˌ\
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Definition of démarche

  1. 1a :  a course of action :  maneuverb :  a diplomatic or political initiative or maneuver

  2. 2 :  a petition or protest presented through diplomatic channels

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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.

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

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