Definition of tête-à-tête in English:

tête-à-tête

Syllabification: tête-à-tête
Pronunciation: /ˌtāt ə ˈtāt, ˌtet ə ˈtet
 
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noun (plural tête-à-têtes pronounced same)

1A private conversation between two people.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 & adverb

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Involving or happening between two people in private: [as adjective]: a tête-à-tête meal [as adverb]: his business was conducted tête-à-tête
More example sentences
  • It is important to meet tête-à-tête to understand what kind of people they are and to feel how they see cooperation.

Origin

late 17th century: French, literally 'head-to-head'.

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