tête-à-tête

noun
\ ˌtet-ə-ˈtet How to pronounce tête-à-tête (audio) , ˌtāt-ə-ˈtāt, sense 2 is also ˈtēt-ə-ˌtēt \

Definition of tête-à-tête

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

adverb
\ ˌtet-ə-ˈtet How to pronounce tête-à-tête (audio) , ˌtāt-ə-ˈtāt \

Definition of tête-à-tête (Entry 2 of 3)

: in private

tête-à-tête

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

Definition of tête-à-tête (Entry 3 of 3)

First Known Use of tête-à-tête

Noun

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1700, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1728, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tête-à-tête

Noun

French, literally, head to head

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

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“Tête-à-tête.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/t%C3%AAte-%C3%A0-t%C3%AAte. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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tête-à-tête

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tête-à-tête

: a private conversation between two people

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