noun, plural dé·tentes [dey-tahnts; French dey-tahnt] /deɪˈtɑnts; French deɪˈtɑ̃t/.
Origin of détente
Examples from the Web for detente
If Obama's strategy is to dial back the blue/red civil war to a detente, Franken's is to escalate it to World War III.
The Ambassador quite appreciated that the purpose of the mission was to create a detente, as distinguished from an entente.
British Dictionary definitions for detente
Word Origin for détente
Word Origin and History for detente
1908 as a political term, a borrowing of French détente "loosening, slackening" (used in the Middle Ages for the catch of a crossbow), from Vulgar Latin detendita, fem. past participle of Latin detendere "loosen, release," from de- "from, away" (see de-) + tendere "stretch" (see tenet). The reference is to a "relaxing" in a political situation. The French word was earlier borrowed as detent (1680s) "catch which regulates the strike in a clock."
Culture definitions for detente
A period of lessening tension between two major national powers, or a policy designed to lessen that tension. Détente presupposes that the two powers will continue to disagree but seeks to reduce the occasions of conflict.