What does back channel mean?

Definitions for back channel

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word back channel.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. back channel(adj)

    an alternative to the regular channels of communication that is used when agreements must be made secretly (especially in diplomacy or government)

    "they negotiated via a back channel"

  2. back-channel(adj)

    via a back channel

    "the failure of back-channel negotiations"


  1. back channel(Noun)

    The smaller of two channels in a river that diverge to form an island

  2. back channel(Noun)

    An unofficial communications channel used to make informal or subversive negotiations

  3. back channel(Noun)

    A gesture or short prompt by which a listener invites a speaker to continue.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of back channel in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of back channel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Authors Kornbluh and LeoGrande:

    They remain anonymous in part so they can continue effective back channel diplomacy in the future ... when and if it is needed for Washington and Havana to resolve remaining obstacles to fully normal relations.

  2. Michael Dreeben:

    Here you have somebody who was a campaign official in the Trump campaign, where he had longstanding ties to Russia-backed politicians in the Ukraine, what (was) the nature of those connections? Did they provide a means for surreptitious communications? Did they provide a back channel to Russia?

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