from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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).
  • n. The parties to such an agreement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An informal alliance or friendly understanding between two states.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See intent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an informal alliance between countries
  • n. a friendly understanding between political powers


French, from Old French, intent, from feminine past participle of entendre, to understand, intend; see intend.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French entente, meaning “understanding”. (Wiktionary)



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