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tête-à-tête

[teyt-uh-teyt, tet-uh-tet; French te-ta-tet] /ˈteɪt əˈteɪt, ˈtɛt əˈtɛt; French tɛ taˈtɛt/
noun, plural tête-à-têtes French, tête-à-tête.
1.
a private conversation or interview, usually between two people.
2.
Also called vis-à-vis. a sofa shaped like an S so two people are able to converse face to face.
adjective
3.
of, between, or for two persons together without others.
adverb
4.
(of two persons) together in private:
to sit tête-à-tête.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; < French: literally, head to head
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British Dictionary definitions for tête-à-tête

tête-à-tête

/ˌteɪtəˈteɪt/
noun (pl) -têtes, -tête
1.
  1. a private conversation between two people
  2. (as modifier): a tête-à-tête conversation
2.
a small sofa for two people, esp one that is S-shaped in plan so that the sitters are almost face to face
adverb
3.
intimately; in private
Word Origin
C17: from French, literally: head to head
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Word Origin and History for tête-à-tête

tete-a-tete

n.

"a private meeting," French, tête-à-tête, literally "head-to-head," from Old French teste "head" (see tester (n.2)). The adjective, "privately," is recorded from 1728.

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tête-à-tête in Culture
tête-à-tête [(tayt-uh-tayt)]

An intimate meeting or conversation between two individuals. From French, meaning “head to head.”

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