tête-à-tête

[ teyt-uh-teyt, tet-uh-tet; French te-ta-tet ]
/ ˈteɪt əˈteɪt, ˈtɛt əˈtɛt; French tɛ taˈtɛt /

noun, plural tête-à-têtes, French tête-à-tête.

a private conversation or interview, usually between two people.
Also called vis-à-vis. a sofa shaped like an S so two people are able to converse face to face.

adjective

of, between, or for two persons together without others.

adverb

(of two persons) together in private: to sit tête-à-tête.

Nearby words

  1. téléférique,
  2. téléphérique,
  3. témbi,
  4. tétouan,
  5. tête-bêche,
  6. tínos,
  7. tîrgu mureş,
  8. tórshavn,
  9. tönnies,
  10. tönnies, ferdinand

Origin of tête-à-tête

1690–1700; < French: literally, head to head

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British Dictionary definitions for tete-a-tete

tête-à-tête

/ (ˌteɪtəˈteɪt) /

noun plural -têtes or -tête

  1. a private conversation between two people
  2. (as modifier)a tête-à-tête conversation
a small sofa for two people, esp one that is S-shaped in plan so that the sitters are almost face to face

adverb

intimately; in private

Word Origin for tête-à-tête

C17: from French, literally: head to head

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Word Origin and History for tete-a-tete

tete-a-tete

n.

"a private meeting," French, tête-à-tête, literally "head-to-head," from Old French teste "head" (see tester (n.2)). The adjective, "privately," is recorded from 1728.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for tete-a-tete

tête-à-tête

[ (tayt-uh-tayt) ]

An intimate meeting or conversation between two individuals. From French, meaning “head to head.”

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