[ ahn-tahnt; French ahn-tahnt ]
/ ɑnˈtɑnt; French ɑ̃ˈtɑ̃t /

noun, plural en·tentes [ahn-tahnts; French ahn-tahnt] /ɑnˈtɑnts; French ɑ̃ˈtɑ̃t/.

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
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British Dictionary definitions for entente


/ (French ɑ̃tɑ̃t) /


the parties to an entente cordiale collectively

Word Origin for entente

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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