entente

noun
en·​tente | \ än-ˈtänt How to pronounce entente (audio) \

Definition of entente

1 : an international understanding providing for a common course of action
2 [French entente cordiale] : a coalition of parties to an entente

Examples of entente in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Experts are also skeptical of the Serbian-Kosovar entente. Washington Post, "The mirage of Trump’s ‘peace’ deals," 15 Sep. 2020 Two of the change catalysts – both of them also factors in a closer Franco-German entente – have come close to home. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "EU edges its way toward defining a ‘new Europe’," 19 Aug. 2020 The harsh rebuttal marks a potential fracture to the entente seen in the first 16 months of the new government. Michael O'boyle, Bloomberg.com, "Mexico’s President Pushes Relations with Business to Boiling Point," 12 Apr. 2019 When the pilgrims landed at Plymouth in 1620, the sachem (chief) Ousamequin offered the new arrivals an entente, primarily as a way to protect the Wampanoags against their rivals, the Narragansetts. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian, "The Myths of the Thanksgiving Story and the Lasting Damage They Imbue," 27 Nov. 2019 Mr Renzi, who still enjoys the backing of most of the PD’s parliamentarians, wants an entente. The Economist, "Italy’s would-be strongman suddenly looks more vulnerable," 15 Aug. 2019 Despite a friendly-ish relationship with President Donald Trump, Putin's new mandate gives him little incentive to seek entente with Washington, especially as the investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election intensifies. Angela Charlton, chicagotribune.com, "What to expect from Putin and a resurgent Russia," 19 Mar. 2018 Despite a friendly-ish relationship with President Donald Trump, Putin’s new mandate gives him little incentive to seek entente with Washington, especially as the investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election intensifies. Washington Post, "What to expect from Putin and a resurgent Russia," 19 Mar. 2018 The entente between Louis Vuitton owner LVMH and Gucci parent Kering -- fierce rivals in most aspects of their business -- reflects the sensitivity of the issue amid growing concern over teenage eating disorders. Robert Williams, Bloomberg.com, "Luxury Rivals Kering and LVMH Join in Size-Zero Model Crackdown," 6 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of entente

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for entente

French, from Old French, intent, understanding — more at intent entry 1

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“Entente.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entente. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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