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
as the countries move toward détente
the start of a détente
Recent Examples of détente from the Web
The American pro-detente group Engage Cuba released a study Thursday asserting that a complete rollback of Obama’s Cuba policy would cost airlines and cruise lines $3.5 billion over the next four years and lead to the loss of 10,154 travel jobs.
Russia’s hopes for a new detente under Trump have been shattered by congressional and FBI investigations of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
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Origin and Etymology of détente
First Known Use: 1908See Words from the same year
DÉTENTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of détente for English Language Learners
: an ending of unfriendly or hostile relations between countries
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