noun \dā-ˈtänt\

: an ending of unfriendly or hostile relations between countries

Full Definition of DÉTENTE

:  the relaxation of strained relations or tensions (as between nations); also :  a policy promoting this
:  a period of détente

Variants of DÉTENTE

dé·tente or de·tente \dā-ˈtänt\

Examples of DÉTENTE

  1. as the countries move toward détente
  2. the start of a détente

Origin of DÉTENTE

First Known Use: 1908


   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Period of the easing of Cold War tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union from 1967 to 1979. The era was a time of increased trade and cooperation with the Soviet Union and the signing of the SALT treaties. Relations cooled again with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.


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