< /deɪˈmarʃ/. French.

  1. an action or gesture by a diplomat, especially a formal appeal, protest, or the like.
  2. a statement, protest, or the like presented to public officials by private citizens, interest groups, etc.
  3. a procedure or step; move; maneuver.


  1. a move, step, or manoeuvre, esp in diplomatic affairs
  2. a representation or statement of views, complaints, etc, to a public authority

1650s, “walk, step,” from French démarche (15c.) literally “gait, walk, bearing,” from démarcher (12c.) “to march,” from de- + marcher (see march (v.)). Meaning “a diplomatic step” attested from 1670s. A word never quite anglicized.

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