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[ahn-tahnt; French ahn-tahnt] /ɑnˈtɑnt; French ɑ̃ˈtɑ̃t/
noun, plural ententes
[ahn-tahnts; French ahn-tahnt] /ɑnˈtɑnts; French ɑ̃ˈtɑ̃t/ (Show IPA)
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
1830-45; < French: understanding, Old French: intention, noun use of feminine of entent, past participle of entendre to intend
1. agreement, accord, rapprochement. Unabridged
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  • Between the audience and the solemn black-and-white rows on the platform there exists an entente cordiale.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • It had already crossed the Rubicon and passed over to the entente.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • Brigham Clark's squirrel-skin story was not calculated to build up the entente cordial with Texas, but Brigham was no trimmer.

    Bat Wing Bowles Dane Coolidge
  • They advised him to inform the entente, in order to rehabilitate himself.

  • They claimed that the United States was unfair in selling to the entente and not to them.

  • He has incidentally offered to sign a separate peace with the entente.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • But I don't know the limits of our power or the obligations of the entente.

    Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna
  • Russia sees nothing in the entente—England has nothing to offer her.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for entente


/French ɑ̃tɑ̃t/
short for entente cordiale
the parties to an entente cordiale collectively
Word Origin
C19: French: understanding
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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