Definition of travaux préparatoires in English:

travaux préparatoires

(also travaux preparatoires)

Pronunciation /ˌtravəʊ prɛpərəˈtwɑː/

noun

Law
  • With plural agreement. Drafts, records of discussions, etc., relating to a treaty or piece of legislation under consideration.

Origin

Late 19th century. From French travaux préparatoires, literally ‘preparatory works’ from travaux, plural of travail + préparatoires, plural of préparatoire.