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1. An agreement between two or more governments or powers for cooperative action or policy: "the economic entente between the Soviet Union and western Europe" (Robert W. Tucker).
2. The parties to such an agreement.

[French, from Old French, intent, from feminine past participle of entendre, to understand, intend; see intend.]


(French ɑ̃tɑ̃t)
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) short for entente cordiale
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the parties to an entente cordiale collectively
[C19: French: understanding]



1. an understanding between nations agreeing to follow a particular policy in international affairs.
2. an alliance of parties to such an understanding.
[1830–45; < French: understanding, Old French: intention, n. use of feminine of entent, past participle of entendre to intend]


 national agreements collectively, as in the Triple Entente, 1894-1907; the Entente Cordiale, 1844, 1904.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.entente - an informal alliance between countriesentente - an informal alliance between countries
alignment, alinement, coalition, alliance - an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty
2.entente - a friendly understanding between political powers
agreement, understanding - the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises; "they had an agreement that they would not interfere in each other's business"; "there was an understanding between management and the workers"


noun agreement, understanding, accord, contract, arrangement, settlement, deal (informal), treaty, bargain, pact, compact, covenant, friendly agreement his attempts to nurture the entente between the two countries


[ɑ̃ːnˈtɑ̃ːnt] N (Pol) → entente f


[ɒnˈtɒnt] n (= friendly agreement) → entente f
an entente with sb → une entente avec qn
an entente between Britain and France → une entente entre la Grande-Bretagne et la France entente cordialeentente cordiale [ˌɒntɒntkɔːrdiˈɑl] nentente f cordiale
References in classic literature ?
When that fail he make straight for his last resource, his last earth-work I might say did I wish double entente.
Nasmyth himself was the first to thank us both for our spirited effort on his behalf; and the incident had the ironic effect of establishing an immediate entente cordiale between Raffles and his very latest victim.
There were only two things needed: France to consider her own big interests and to ignore an entente from which she gains nothing that was not assured to her under the new agreement, and the money.
En raison de cette nouvelle entente d'affiliation, les membres de l'ACETS recevront un abonnement a L/LT dans le cadre de leur adhesion, tandis que les membres du CCHT obtiendront un rabais sur leur frais d'adhesion a l'ACETS.
Sheikh Akl also hoped that security, dignity and entente would prevail in all parts of the world, calling on believers to rule with justice.
Malgre la difference des religions, est-ce que la musique vous a permis une meilleure entente ?
The Treaty of Neuilly-sur-Seine was the document ending World War I between Bulgaria and the Entente, dealing with Bulgaria for its role as one of the Central Powers in World War I,It was signed on November 27, 1919 at Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, and is seen in Bulgaria as the ultimate disaster for the Bulgarian nation's strife for national liberation and unification.
The Royal Horticultural Society chose Birmingham to represent the UK in the Entente Florale and judges from across Europe came to the city this summer to tour its best green spaces.
Les relations economiques et commerciales entre le Maroc et l'Espagne sont a meme d'offrir un cadre favorable pour une entente durable, en particulier dans l'interet reciproque des secteurs agricoles des deux pays, a souligne, vendredi a Casablanca, le ministre de l'Agriculture et de la Peche maritime, Aziz Akhannouch.
Around 1914 the simple cipher FIESTA ALFALFA could admit only one decipherment: TRIPLE ENTENTE.
The cannons, used during the war to prevent the Entente powers from passing through the Ecanakkale Strait, have long been left to their fate in the city of Kumkapy in Ecanakkale province.