follow Dictionary.com

Word of the Day
Tuesday, September 04, 2001

Definitions for contretemps

  1. An inopportune or embarrassing situation or event; a hitch.

Learn something
new every day


GET OUR


Thank youfor signing up
Get the Word of the Day Email
Citations for contretemps
Mrs. Post was the center of a notable contretemps when she spilled a spoonful of berries at a dinner of the Gourmet Society here in 1938. , New York Times
He looked worried, distressed, more distressed than one should look in the face of a slight contretemps. Anita Brookner, Undue Influence
Origin of contretemps
1675-1685
Contretemps comes from French, from contre, "against" (from Latin contra) + temps, "time" (from Latin tempus).
Get our
Word of the Day
Email
Thanks for signing up!