\ ˈmēt-ˌkyüt How to pronounce meet-cute (audio) \
variants: or less commonly meet cute
plural meet-cutes also meet cutes

Definition of meet-cute

: 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

Other Words from meet-cute

meet cute or less commonly meet-cute intransitive verb 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

First Known Use of meet-cute

1952, in the meaning defined above

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

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