tête-à-tête

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English[edit]

American tête-à-tête, c. 1887 (2)

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French tête-à-tête (head-to-head).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌtɛt.əˈtɛt/, /ˌteɪt.əˈteɪt/

Noun[edit]

tête-à-tête (plural tête-à-têtes)

  1. A face-to-face meeting, or private conversation between two people, usually in an intimate setting; a head-to-head.
    Synonym: head-to-head
    • 1794, Charlotte Smith, chapter XI, in The Banished Man. [], volume II, London: [] T[homas] Cadell, Jun. and W[illiam] Davies, (successors to Mr. [Thomas] Cadell) [], OCLC 741691310, page 226:
      From the tete-a-tete with Mr. Thomas Tough, ſhe goes to her deſk again, and begins to write "With what appetite ſhe may," in the forlorn hope of procuring from her bookſeller part of the money ſhe has been compelled to promiſe to the ſaid Thomas's peremptory demands, on behalf of Mr. Humphrey Hotgooſe.
    • 2014 January 24, Lizzy Davies, “François Hollande affair allegations overshadow meeting with Pope Francis”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Despite their explorations of what the Vatican termed "the family", it was uncertain whether the pope and the president concerned themselves with such issues during their behind-closed-doors tête à tête.
    • 2015 January 31, Daniel Taylor, “David Silva seizes point for Manchester City as Chelsea are checked”, in The Guardian[2], London:
      Fernandinho and Fernando made Yaya Touré’s absence not feel important and Mourinho became so agitated it required a tête-à-tête with Mark Clattenburg on the touchline.
  2. (furniture) A bench or sofa that allows two people to talk face-to-face, especially one that is S-shaped.
    Synonyms: confident, conversation bench, courting bench, kissing bench, love seat
  3. A variety of early flowering, fragrant daffodil.

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Adverb[edit]

tête-à-tête (not comparable)

  1. In private, between two people; head-to-head.
    • 1847 January – 1848 July, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair. A Novel without a Hero, London: Bradbury and Evans, [], published 1848, OCLC 3174108:
      Swankey of the Body Guard himself, that dangerous youth, and the greatest buck of all the Indian army now on leave, was one day discovered by Major Dobbin tête-à-tête with Amelia, and describing the sport of pig-sticking to her with great humour and eloquence []
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 10:
      In particular his tête-à-tête luncheons were described, to which, as it now turned out, practically every journalist listening had at one time or another been invited.

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /tɛ.ta.tɛt/
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Noun[edit]

tête-à-tête m (plural tête-à-têtes)

  1. tête-à-tête, head-to-head

Further reading[edit]


Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French tête-à-tête.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /tɛ.taˈtɛt/
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  • Rhymes: -atɛt
  • Syllabification: tête‧à‧tête

Adverb[edit]

tête-à-tête (not comparable)

  1. (literary) tête-à-tête (in private, between two people; head-to-head)

Noun[edit]

tête-à-tête n (indeclinable)

  1. (literary) tête-à-tête (face-to-face meeting)

Further reading[edit]


Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French tête-à-tête.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

tête-à-tête (not comparable)

  1. tête-à-tête (in private, between two people; head-to-head)

Noun[edit]

tête-à-tête m (plural tête-à-têtes)

  1. tête-à-tête (face-to-face meeting)

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French tête-à-tête.

Noun[edit]

tête-à-tête n (plural tête-à-tête-uri)

  1. tête-à-tête, head-to-head

Declension[edit]


Swedish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French tête-à-tête.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tête-à-tête c

  1. an intimate meeting or conversation between two people; tête-à-tête

Declension[edit]

Declension of tête-à-tête 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative tête-à-tête tête-à-têten tête-à-têter tête-à-têterna
Genitive tête-à-têtes tête-à-têtens tête-à-têters tête-à-têternas

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