rapprochement

noun rap·proche·ment \ ˌra-ˌprōsh-ˈmäⁿ , -ˌprȯsh- ; ra-ˈprōsh-ˌmäⁿ \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of rapprochement

: establishment of or state of having cordial relations

Examples of rapprochement in a Sentence

  1. Officials hope that these talks will lead to a rapprochement with the rebels.

  2. The possibility of rapprochement between the two countries seems unlikely.

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Origin and Etymology of rapprochement

French, from rapprocher to bring together, from Middle French, from re- + approcher to approach, from Old French aprochier, from Late Latin appropiare — more at approach


RAPPROCHEMENT Defined for English Language Learners

rapprochement

noun

Definition of rapprochement for English Language Learners

  • : the development of friendlier relations between countries or groups of people who have been enemies



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