E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A Mons. Prudhomme. 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 prudhommes. A council of arbiters to settle disputes between masters and workmen.