- an arrangement or understanding between two or more nations agreeing to follow a particular policy with regard to affairs of international concern.
- an alliance of parties to such an understanding.
Origin of entente
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Examples from the Web for entente
I can't say I'm particularly hopeful that Iran will approach this entente in good faith.Obama’s U.N. Speech
September 24, 2013
In the 1950s, big corporation and big labor forged an entente, in which they generally agreed to share an expanding pie.The NFL Referees’ Strike Highlights Larger Truths About the U.S. Economy
September 28, 2012
And, in fine, Dor must be regarded as an anticipator of the Entente cordiale.In the Heart of Vosges
It had already crossed the Rubicon and passed over to the Entente.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
They advised him to inform the Entente, in order to rehabilitate himself.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1
He has incidentally offered to sign a separate peace with the Entente.Erik Dorn</p>
Russia sees nothing in the entente—England has nothing to offer her.Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo
E. Phillips Oppenheim
- short for entente cordiale
- the parties to an entente cordiale collectively
Word Origin and History for entente
1854, from French éntente "understanding," from Old French entente "intent" (12c.), noun use of fem. past participle of entendre "to direct one's attention (see intent). Political sense arose in 19c. from entente cordial (1844), the best-known example being that between England and France (1904), to which Russia was added in 1908.