Definition of détente noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(also detente especially in North American English) noun
BrE BrE//ˌdeɪˈtɑːnt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdeɪˈtɑːnt//
[uncountable] (from French, formal) International relations
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an improvement in the relationship between two or more countries which have been unfriendly towards each other in the past a new international climate of détente See related entries: International relations
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: détente