Entente



[ahn-tahnt; French ahn-tahnt] /ɑnˈtɑnt; French ɑ̃ˈtɑ̃t/

noun, plural ententes
[ahn-tahnts; French ahn-tahnt] /ɑnˈtɑnts; French ɑ̃ˈtɑ̃t/ (Show IPA)
1.
an arrangement or understanding between two or more nations agreeing to follow a particular policy with regard to affairs of international concern.
2.
an alliance of parties to such an understanding.
/French ɑ̃tɑ̃t/
noun
1.
short for entente cordiale
2.
the parties to an entente cordiale collectively
n.

1854, from French éntente “understanding,” from Old French entente “intent” (12c.), noun use of fem. past participle of entendre “to direct one’s attention (see intent). Political sense arose in 19c. from entente cordial (1844), the best-known example being that between England and France (1904), to which Russia was added in 1908.

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