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[ahn-tahnt; French ahn-tahnt]
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noun, plural en·tentes [ahn-tahnts; French ahn-tahnt] /ɑnˈtɑnts; French ɑ̃ˈtɑ̃t/.
  1. an arrangement or understanding between two or more nations agreeing to follow a particular policy with regard to affairs of international concern.
  2. an alliance of parties to such an understanding.
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Origin of entente

1830–45; < French: understanding, Old French: intention, noun use of feminine of entent, past participle of entendre to intend


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  • And, in fine, Dor must be regarded as an anticipator of the Entente cordiale.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • 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.

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

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • 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


  1. short for entente cordiale
  2. the parties to an entente cordiale collectively
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Word Origin

C19: French: understanding
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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.

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