détente

noun dé·tente \ dā-ˈtänt \
variants: or detente
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of détente

1 : the relaxation of strained relations or tensions (as between nations)
  • diplomats brokering a détente
; also : a policy promoting this
2 : a period of détente
  • the beginning of a détente

Examples of détente in a Sentence

  1. as the countries move toward détente

  2. the start of a détente

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Origin and Etymology of détente

French

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Definition of détente for English Language Learners

  • : an ending of unfriendly or hostile relations between countries


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