tête-à-tête

1 of 3

noun

ˌtet-ə-ˈtet How to pronounce tête-à-tête (audio)
ˌtāt-ə-ˈtāt,
 sense 2 is also  ˈtēt-ə-ˌtēt
1
: a private conversation between two persons
2
: a short piece of furniture (such as a sofa) intended to seat two persons especially facing each other

tête-à-tête

2 of 3

adverb

ˌtet-ə-ˈtet How to pronounce tête-à-tête (audio)
ˌtāt-ə-ˈtāt
: in private

tête-à-tête

3 of 3

adjective

ˌtet-ə-ˌtet How to pronounce tête-à-tête (audio)
ˌtāt-ə-ˌtāt

Word History

Etymology

Noun

French, literally, head to head

First Known Use

Noun

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1700, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1728, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tête-à-tête was in 1696

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Cite this Entry

“Tête-à-tête.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/t%C3%AAte-%C3%A0-t%C3%AAte. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

tête-à-tête

1 of 3 noun
ˈtāt-ə-ˌtāt
: a private conversation between two persons

tête-à-tête

2 of 3 adverb
ˌtāt-ə-ˈtāt
: in private

tête-à-tête

3 of 3 adjective
ˌtāt-ə-ˌtāt
: being face-to-face : private
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