plural meet-cutes

Definition of meet-cute

: a cute, charming, or amusing first encounter between romantic partners (as in a movie) A “meet-cute” was a staple of romantic comedies back then, where boy meets girl in a particular way, and sparks fly.— Billy Wilder, quoted in The Paris Review Interviews, Spring 1996 In a meet-cute that's one of the movie's few contrived moments, Alex is banging away hopelessly at the piano when Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore) shows up at his apartment to water his plants.— Dana Stevens, Slate, 14 Feb. 2007

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First Known Use of meet-cute

1969, in the meaning defined above

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“Meet-cute.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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