entente cordiale

[ahn-tahnt kawr-dyahl; French ahn-tahnt kawr-dyal]
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Origin of entente cordiale

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

entente cordiale

noun
  1. a friendly understanding between political powers: less formal than an alliance
  2. (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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