[ahn-tahnt; French ahn-tahnt]
noun, plural ententes [ahn-tahnts; French ahn-tahnt] .
an arrangement or understanding between two or more nations agreeing to follow a particular policy with regard to affairs of international concern.
an alliance of parties to such an understanding.

1830–45; < French: understanding, Old French: intention, noun use of feminine of entent, past participle of entendre to intend

1. agreement, accord, rapprochement.
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entente (French ɑ̃tɑ̃t)
1.  short for entente cordiale
2.  the parties to an entente cordiale collectively
[C19: French: understanding]

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1854, from Fr. éntente "understanding," from O.Fr. entente "intent," from fem. pp. of entendre "to direct one's attention (see intent). Political sense 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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