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[tey-tey] /ˈteɪ teɪ/
a city in W Mozambique, on the Zambezi River. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Only Madame trusted to Mademoiselle's discretion not to put mysteries into their minds, or they would be all Tete montee.

    Love and Life Charlotte M. Yonge
  • It was not till the 2nd of March that the neighbourhood of Tete was reached.

    Great African Travellers W.H.G. Kingston
  • The village of Tete is built on a long slope down to the river, the fort being close to the water.

  • The leader of the porters from Tete sprang forward with a cry of exasperation.

    Sacrifice Stephen French Whitman
  • Why, with his usual Gothic vivacity, he said I only wanted him to throw off his wig, to convert it into a Tete for my own wearing.

    She Stoops to Conquer Oliver Goldsmith
  • They said they believed they were going over the Tete Noire.

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
  • He proved to be a slave of the late commandant of Tete, and was well-known to them.

    Great African Travellers W.H.G. Kingston
  • Why not have continued this trunk line on to Salisbury, on to Tete, and the Zambesi?

    Through South Africa Henry M. Stanley
  • Even Tete Rouge was ready at last, and slowly moving from the ground, we resumed our journey eastward.

    The Oregon Trail Francis Parkman, Jr.
  • When these were destroyed the Tete people were completely impoverished.

Word Origin and History for Tete



as a type of women's tall dressed hair or wig, 1756, from French tête "head" (see tete-a-tete).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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