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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.]
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]
Ententenational agreements collectively, as in the Triple Entente, 1894-1907; the Entente Cordiale, 1844, 1904.
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|Noun||1.||entente - an informal alliance between countries|
|2.||entente - a friendly understanding between political powers|