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 MailJames 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

Did you know?

Isn’t it cute how two words can be introduced to each other and become an inseparable pair soon after? Well, that’s exactly what happened when meet and cute got together in 1952. The duo was spotted in The New York Times Book Review in 1952 in reference to an unexpected rendezvous: “This may well be, in magazine parlance, the neatest meet-cute of the week—the story of a ghost-writer who falls in love with a ghost.” Today the word is used often to refer to such encounters in films and television series (especially rom-coms and sitcoms). Writers of meet-cutes often develop plots by creating situations in which characters clash in personality, or by creating embarrassing situations in which two eventual romantic partners will meet, or by creating a misunderstanding between characters who will separate but become friends in the end.

Examples of meet-cute in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s nothing new about an awkward meet-cute turning into a love story… But what if that love story is between two robots? Shania Russell,, 5 June 2024 But first: Who is the third Bridgerton to get a meet-cute in this episode? Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 16 May 2024 Image The play opens with a meet-cute between Lucy, played by Ferris, and Alfonso, played by Gomez, outside a hospital. Laura Collins-Hughes, New York Times, 30 May 2024 Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant led the charming take on a Hollywood love story in 1999 Twenty-five years ago, a charming rom-com called Notting Hill united fan favorites Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant in a meet-cute about a starstruck bookstore owner and a single-or-maybe-not movie star. Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 28 May 2024 In this scene from the pilot, written by Jon Robin Baitz, the audience is treated to a meet-cute of sorts between Truman (Tom Hollander) and Babe (Naomi Watts) years before their clash that offers an idea of the deep connection between the two players. Tyler Coates, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 May 2024 Sparks immediately fly after their meet-cute at Coachella, but Solène is at first wary of starting anything with a much younger guy whom paparazzi and screaming fans constantly follow around. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 16 May 2024 The King of the Netherlands, 56, recalled the meet-cute with his future wife in his remarks during the diplomatic dinner at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam on April 17. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 17 Apr. 2024 Otherwise, the couple’s awkward, stammering meet-cute is pure Woody Allen. Armond White, National Review, 5 Apr. 2024

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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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“Meet-cute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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: a cute, charming, or amusing first encounter between romantic partners (as in a movie)
meet cute verb
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