meet-cute

noun

Definition of meet-cute

plural meet-cutes
: 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 Wilderquoted in The Paris Review InterviewsSpring 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 StevensSlate14 Feb. 2007

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First Known Use of meet-cute

1969


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