noun (plural tête-à-têtes pronunc. same)
- 1A private conversation between two people: it so happened that their tête-à-tête was in earshotMore example sentences
conversation, chat, cosy chat, talk, heart-to-heart, one-on-one, one-to-one; discussion, dialogue, duologue, consultation, colloquy, parley, powwowBritish • informal natterNorth American • informal rapAustralian • informal convo• formal confabulation
- Then after their little tête-à-tête on her lawn, he felt as though he might be in love with her.
- She smiled intimately as though we'd settled in front of the fire for a tête-à-tête.
- If 222 is perfect for romantic tête-à-têtes and intimate celebrations, it's because sometimes elegant food and perfect presentation just aren't enough.
- 2An S-shaped sofa on which two people can sit face to face.More example sentences
- A mid-nineteenth-century French form, the tête-à-tête, also known as a confident, was well-suited to the parlor as its two chairs facing in opposite directions and joined at the sides allowed for discreet conversation.
- The graceful, sinuous shape of this tête-à-tête illustrates the importance of lamination and epitomizes the Rococo Revival style.
adjective & adverbBack to top
late 17th century: French, literally 'head-to-head'.