noun, plural con·tre·temps [kon-truh-tahnz; French kawntruh-tahn] /ˈkɒn trəˌtɑ̃z; French kɔ̃trəˈtɑ̃/.
Examples from the Web for contretemps
That seemed like it was the end of the matter but then new life was breathed into the contretemps on Monday.
The contretemps escalated during a commercial break when Khrushchev was handed a note by one of his advisers.
Carter reveals that Jay made weird, borderline mentorly calls to Kimmel long before the Conan contretemps began.
But the Web contretemps has had an impact all the same, particularly on the political right.
But in the meanwhile a contretemps had occurred which threw out and seriously hampered the whole British line of battle.The Great Boer War|Arthur Conan Doyle
A sweet reasonableness was undoubtedly the note to strike when such a contretemps occurred.Observations of an Orderly|Ward Muir
I can only express my regret that my presence here should have occasioned such a contretemps.The Hermit of Far End|Margaret Pedler
I had a full report from the Engadine a fortnight ago, and this contretemps is only what I have expected.The Secrets of Potsdam|William Le Queux
How Evans and his lot would make merry over this contretemps!Tom, Dick and Harry|Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for contretemps
noun plural -temps
Word Origin for contretemps
Word Origin and History for contretemps
1680s, "a blunder in fencing," from French contre-temps "motion out of time, unfortunate accident, bad times;" from Latin contra + tempus (see temporal). As a ballet term, from 1706; as "an unfortunate accident," 1802; as "a dispute," from 1961.