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tête-à-tête

[ tet-uh-tet, teyt-uh-teyt; French te-ta-tet ]
/ ˈtɛt əˈtɛt, ˈteɪt əˈteɪt; French tɛ taˈtɛt /
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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.
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Origin of tête-à-tête

First recorded in 1690–1700; from French: literally, “head to head”

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British Dictionary definitions for tête-à-tête

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for tête-à-tête

tête-à-tête
[ (tayt-uh-tayt) ]

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

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