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 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 There is no detente with a mob boss, writes Jonah Goldberg. Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2021 Millennials may well come around to wide-legged jeans — although, again, that is the kind of choice that will be made by individuals, not as part of any kind of generation-wide detente. Washington Post, 10 May 2021 Eventually, all three reached some kind of detente with the Empire after being decommissioned along with the rest of the aging clone army. Lauren Morgan, EW.com, 30 Apr. 2021 The agreement represents a detente between the civil rights plaintiffs, including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Vote Forward, and the Postal Service, which is fighting complaints in federal courts across the country. Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2020

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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 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of détente

formal : an ending of unfriendly or hostile relations between countries

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