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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 ?
Unfortunately for the existing entente cordiale between two great nations, she was the Sultana.
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.
When that fail he make straight for his last resource, his last earth-work I might say did I wish double entente. He is clever, oh so clever!
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.
Supply and installation of furniture for the Cultural Center of the entente cordiale in Hardelot Castle in Condette - 3 lots.
These are the two new postage stamps which are being issued by Royal Mail on Tuesday to commemorate 100 years of the Entente Cordiale agreement between England and France.
The record-breaking yachtswoman will work with the French and Royal Navy to promote sailing events to celebrate 100 years of the Entente Cordiale, a 1904 friendship pact between both countries.
Sheikh Akl also hoped that security, dignity and entente would prevail in all parts of the world, calling on believers to rule with justice.
This consultation is to:: - Development banks by performing dynamic lighting on the left bank between the bridge of the entente cordiale and central level, and on the right bank between the bridge and the bridge entente cordiale SNCF (Optional encryption is requested infrastructure works for a future network wi fi.): - The development of banks by making a bunting banks, bank left and right on the edge of the bridge of the agreement is cordiale.il unit price contracts.
Above, the 2004 pounds 5 commemorative coin, newly minted and on sale at most banks and post offices in the country as a souvenir of a special historical occasion to commemorate 100 years of the Entente Cordiale between Britain and France.
BRITISH visitors to France find the entente is somewhat less than cordiale, a survey shows.
NNA - Tourism Minister Michel Pharoun announced on Wednesday selecting the city of Jbeil as the Arab tourism capital for the year 2016, congratulating Lebanon and Jbeil on this declaration as a "great opportunity to Lebanon." Minister Pharoun's announcement came from the Grand Serail, whereby he informed the Council of ministers on the climate of such a declaration, hoping that political stability and entente in the country would be maintained for the benefit of Jbeil and Tourism in Lebanon and in the interest of the Lebanese who are aspiring for a promising season.