dé·​tente | \ dā-ˈtänt How to pronounce détente (audio) \
variants: or detente

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

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as the countries move toward détente the start of a détente
Recent Examples on the Web Not to be outdone, Qatar advanced its detente with Egypt; Saudi Arabia and Syria held secret talks in Damascus to reestablish ties; and the Turkish foreign minister traveled to Riyadh this week to repair relations with Saudi Arabia. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 May 2021 But the Biden camp is wary of restarting the Obama-era thaw that saw new trade contacts develop between the countries and the glimmer of a detente. Washington Post, 13 July 2021 Pandemic or no pandemic, time difference or no time difference, streaming wars or streaming detente—coverage of the games that prioritizes corporate profits over service to viewers is always going to fall short. Judy Berman, Time, 3 Aug. 2021 Even some American companies, including Marriott and United Airlines, have done business in Cuba over the past few years, although the Trump administration unraveled several components of the detente pursued by the Obama administration. Daniel Funke, USA TODAY, 16 July 2021 The historic detente also eased or lifted many restrictions on business with and travel to Cuba. Vera Bergengruen, Time, 12 July 2021 The relationship between Trump and Ryan has oscillated between animosity and unsteady detente. Andrew Solender, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Observers and officials agree that, while not a peace, detente and dialogue between Saudi Arabia and Iran, no matter how modest, could offer a pathway to progress. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Apr. 2021 An expected return to detente under President Biden has yet to be seen. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of détente

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Détente.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/d%C3%A9tente. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of détente

: an ending of unfriendly or hostile relations between countries

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