- 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.
- of, between, or for two persons together without others.
- (of two persons) together in private: to sit tête-à-tête.
Origin of tête-à-tête
Examples from the Web for tete-a-tete
He never interrupted a confidence; never marred a tete-a-tete.The Daltons, Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
Pardon me for interrupting your tete-a-tete, but do you know who has charge of the games?The Girl Scouts' Good Turn
He seemed embarrassed by the tete-a-tete which, nevertheless, he had sought.Samuel Brohl & Company
We literally burst unannounced into the tete-a-tete on the porch.The Silent Bullet
Arthur B. Reeve
Jewel was not late to lunch, but eating it tete-a-tete with aunt Madge was not to her taste.Jewel
Clara Louise Burnham
- a private conversation between two people
- (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
- intimately; in private
Word Origin and History for tete-a-tete
"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.
An intimate meeting or conversation between two individuals. From French, meaning “head to head.”