[ rap-rohsh-mahn; French ra-prawsh-mahn ]
/ ˌræp roʊʃˈmɑ̃; French ra prɔʃˈmɑ̃ /


an establishment or reestablishment of harmonious relations: a rapprochement reached between warring factions.

Words nearby rapprochement

Origin of rapprochement

1800–10; < French, equivalent to rapproche(r) to bring near, bring together (r(e)- re- + approcher; see approach) + -ment -ment
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British Dictionary definitions for rapprochement

/ French (raprɔʃmɑ̃) /


a resumption of friendly relations, esp between two countries

Word Origin for rapprochement

C19: literally: bringing closer
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Cultural definitions for rapprochement

[ (rap-rohsh-mahnn, rah-prawsh-mahnn) ]

A closer approach of two groups to each other. Rapprochement, a French term, is often applied to two nations, especially ones that become reconciled after relations between them have worsened.

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