tete a tete


[teyt-uh-teyt, tet-uh-tet; French te-ta-tet]
noun, plural tête-à-têtes French, tête-à-tête.
a private conversation or interview, usually between two people.
Also called vis-à-vis. a sofa shaped like an S so two people are able to converse face to face.
of, between, or for two persons together without others.
(of two persons) together in private: to sit tête-à-tête.

1690–1700; < French: literally, head to head

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tête-à-tête (ˌteɪtəˈteɪt)
n , pl -têtes, -tête
1.  a.  a private conversation between two people
 b.  (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
3.  intimately; in private
[C17: from French, literally: head to head]

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Word Origin & History

1697, "a private meeting," from Fr., lit. "head-to-head," from O.Fr. teste "head" (see tester (2)). The adj., "privately," is recorded from 1728.
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tête-à-tête [(tayt-uh-tayt)]

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

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