entente cordiale

[ ahn-tahnt kawr-dyahl; French ahn-tahnt kawr-dyal ]
/ ɑnˈtɑnt kɔrˈdyɑl; French ɑ̃ˈtɑ̃t kɔrˈdyal /

noun

a friendly understanding, especially between two or more nations.

Origin of entente cordiale

Borrowed into English from French around 1835–45
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British Dictionary definitions for entente cordiale

entente cordiale

/ (French ɑ̃tɑ̃t kɔrdjal) /

noun

a friendly understanding between political powers: less formal than an alliance
(often capitals) the understanding reached by France and Britain in April 1904, which settled outstanding colonial disputes

Word Origin for entente cordiale

C19: French: cordial understanding
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