Tuesday, September 04, 2001
Definitions for contretemps
- An inopportune or embarrassing situation or event; a hitch.
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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.
He looked worried, distressed, more distressed than one should look in the face of a slight contretemps.
Origin of contretemps
Contretemps comes from French, from contre, "against" (from Latin contra) + temps, "time" (from Latin tempus).