en·​tente än-ˈtänt How to pronounce entente (audio)
: an international understanding providing for a common course of action
[French entente cordiale] : a coalition of parties to an entente

Examples of entente in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web French Foreign Minister Francois Guizot, a conservative liberal who served from 1840 to 1848, spoke enthusiastically about mutual freedom as a foundation for an entente with the United Kingdom. Michael Doyle, Foreign Affairs, 18 June 2024 That all sounds nice, but their group was too small—only about twenty-five thousand members at its peak—to effect such an entente. John Ganz, Harper's Magazine, 22 May 2024 But practical partnerships can still be powerful, and the Moscow-Pyongyang entente is no exception. Sue Mi Terry, Foreign Affairs, 16 May 2024 Rather than an entente between rivals, the format became gladiatorial. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2023 Defense ties are central to the entente between India and Israel. Vaibhav Vats, The Atlantic, 26 Oct. 2023 In addition to strengthening his grip on power, Erdogan’s entente with Putin has already had significant consequences for both Russia and the West. Soner Cagaptay, Foreign Affairs, 29 May 2023 As Beijing works to manage the entente with Russian President Vladimir Putin while preventing a collapse in its relationship with the West, underpinning the disquiet is the plunge in economic growth to 4% in the fourth quarter from 18.3% at the beginning of 2021. Lingling Wei, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2022 In recent days, the signs of regional entente have been getting clearer. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Apr. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of entente was in 1854

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“Entente.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entente. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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