Prudhomme

A Mons. Prud'homme. A man of experience and great prudence, of estimable character and practical good sense. Your Mons. Prudhomme is never a man of genius and originality, but what we in England should term a “Quaker of the old school.”

The council of prud'hommes.
A council of arbiters to settle disputes between masters and workmen.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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