Definition of entente in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɒnˈtɒnt/
Pronunciation: /ɒ̃ˈtɒ̃t/
(also entente cordiale /ˌkɔːdɪˈɑːl/)


1A friendly understanding or informal alliance between states or factions: the emperor hoped to bring about an entente with Russia
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  • After all, every previous alliance, coalition, entente, empire, community, or monetary union of European states has collapsed sooner or later.
  • First came the alliance with Japan in 1902, and then the settling of differences with France over colonial issues via the entente of 1904, a process which was repeated with the entente with Russia in 1907.
  • But basically our understanding is good and the entente is without any doubt friendly.
1.1A group of states in an informal alliance: the unsuccessful scheme to lure Greece into the war on the side of the entente
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  • The entente was engaged in continual fierce fighting until the Armistice.
1.2 (the Entente Cordiale) The understanding between Britain and France reached in 1904, forming the basis of Anglo-French cooperation in the First World War.
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  • If anyone had told these two teams that there was an Entente Cordiale between England and France, there was no evidence shown here.


Mid 19th century: French entente (cordiale) '(friendly) understanding'.

Words that rhyme with entente

aren't, aslant, aunt, can't, chant, courante, détente, enchant, grant, implant, Nantes, plant, shan't, slant, supplant, transplant, underplant

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