meet cute

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Accidentally coined by director Ernst Lubitsch, who had difficulty speaking English, to describe the encounter between the characters played by Gary Cooper and Claudette Colbert in Bluebeard's Eighth Wife.


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meet cute (plural meet cutes)

  1. (narratology) A situation in a film, television series, etc. in which a potential or future romantic couple meet for the first time in a way that is considered adorable, entertaining, or amusing.
  2. any such situation in real life, also between non-romantically involved pairs of people
    A short meet-cute dialogue ensues, detailing exactly how many hours of interviews Levitt had agreed to (two), and exactly how much of his time Dubner actually ended up taking (three days). [1]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • meet-cute
  • cute meet Billy Mernit, in his textbook "Writing the Romantic Comedy" (HarperCollins, 2000), modifies the term for use by rom-com screenwriters as a noun-title for this beat (e.g. "The cute meet in my script involves an exploding juicer," etc.).