(also entente cordiale /ˌkɔːdɪˈɑːl/)
- 1A friendly understanding or informal alliance between states or factions: the emperor hoped to bring about an entente with RussiaMore example sentences
- 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 ententeMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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'.