variants or less commonly meet cute
plural meet-cutes also meet cutes
: a cute, charming, or amusing first encounter between romantic partners (as in a movie)
It's a meet-cute where they fall immediately in love: her because he's handsome; him because she forgets a pen to write with. Mark Abraham
Rom-com tropes like the "meet-cute" are so tired that you can't just spoof them—you have to spoof the spoofs … Stephan Lee
… upper-middlebrow "meet cutes" such as in Nora Ephron's popular You've Got Mail James Wolcott
meet cute intransitive verb
or less commonly meet-cute
met cute also met-cute; meeting cute also meeting-cute; meets cute also meets-cute
In a charmingly old-fashioned plot, they meet cute, and she thinks it's true love … David Hiltbrand
… a picture-perfect love story about a man who uses paper planes to track down the woman he "met cute" at the train station. Huma Qureshi
… leading two people on a chase through the streets of Paris until they meet-cute in front of the Eiffel Tower. Deb Amlen

Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of meet-cute was in 1952

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Cite this Entry

“Meet-cute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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