Simple Definition of rapprochement
: the development of friendlier relations between countries or groups of people who have been enemies
Full Definition of rapprochement
: establishment of or state of having cordial relations
Examples of rapprochement in a sentence
Officials hope that these talks will lead to a rapprochement with the rebels.
The possibility of rapprochement between the two countries seems unlikely.
Origin and Etymology of rapprochement
French, from rapprocher to bring together, from Middle French, from re- + approcher to approach, from Old French aprochier, from Late Latin appropiare — more at approach
First Known Use: 1809
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up rapprochement? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).