contretemps

noun con·tre·temps \ ˈkän-trə-ˌtäⁿ , kōⁿ-trə-täⁿ \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of contretemps

plural contretemps play \ˈkän-trə-(ˌ)täⁿ(z)\
1 : an inopportune or embarrassing occurrence or situation

Examples of contretemps in a Sentence

  1. The senator dismissed his disagreement with the President as a minor contretemps.

  2. there was a bit of a contretemps over the seating arrangements for the upcoming wedding

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Origin and Etymology of contretemps

French, from contre- counter- + temps time, from Latin tempus


CONTRETEMPS Defined for English Language Learners

contretemps

noun

Definition of contretemps for English Language Learners

  • : an unfortunate or embarrassing event, argument, or disagreement



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