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 Contrast the elegance of the entente between Washington and Paris with Wednesday's boorish swipe by UK PM Boris Johnson, who lapsed into Franglais to mock French feelings. Stephen Collinson And Melissa Bell, CNN, 23 Sep. 2021 There’s no clear timeline for any of this, but a pathway toward an entente has now opened. Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2021 His silence is testament to a remarkable entente that has developed between the two authoritarian leaders. The Economist, 23 Feb. 2021 Experts are also skeptical of the Serbian-Kosovar entente. Washington Post, 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, 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, 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, 27 Nov. 2019 Mr Renzi, who still enjoys the backing of most of the PD’s parliamentarians, wants an entente. The Economist, 15 Aug. 2019

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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 6 Dec. 2021.

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