tete-a-tete

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tete-a-tete involving two persons; intimately private "a tete-a-tete supper","a head-to-head conversation"
    • n tete-a-tete small sofa that seats two people
    • n tete-a-tete a private conversation between two people
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tête-à-tête A short sofa intended to accomodate two persons.
    • adv Tête-à-tête Face to face; privately or confidentially; familiarly.
    • Tête-à-tête Private conversation; familiar interview or conference of two persons.
    • a Tête-à-tête Private; confidential; familiar. "She avoided tête-à-tête walks with him."
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tete-a-tete (tāt′-a-tāt′) a private confidential interview: a sofa for two
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., head to head. See Tester a covering, Test a cupel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.

Usage

In literature:

Presently a warrior leaves the circle, and with his tomahawk or casse-tete, strikes the post.
"Great Indian Chief of the West" by Benjamin Drake
I like extremely to be tete-a-tete when I am with a friend.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
The arrangement suited him very well, for at least Hollis' ride with Miss Stevens would not be a tete-a-tete.
"The Early Bird" by George Randolph Chester
She never permitted a gentleman to ride with her, to walk with her, to hold with her a tete-a-tete.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
Their tete-a-tete was broken by Mrs. Shiffney's departure to a reception at the Ritz.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
Angelo referred to this change of plan, saying laughingly that no doubt the foolish boy feared to interrupt a tete-a-tete.
"The Guests Of Hercules" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
A tete-a-tete with Mercedes was out of the question, and for this I fervently thanked the gods!
"The Statesmen Snowbound" by Robert Fitzgerald
In vain his Grace laid a thousand plans to arrange a tea-room tete-a-tete.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
As he went downstairs he encountered Miss Enid and Mr. Chester sitting under the palms on the landing in intimate tete-a-tete.
"Quin" by Alice Hegan Rice
Benjamin Vajdar was enjoying a tete-a-tete with the Marchioness Caldariva after the theatre.
"Manasseh" by Maurus Jokai
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In poetry:

She dandled Tommy on the knee;
They both were equal, both were free;
Held conversation tete à tete;
The cake and sugar-plumbs were sweet.
These visits often were repeated;
But not a visit was regretted.
"The Valentine" by William Hutton

In news:

SoCal > Podcasts > ALOUD at Central Library > Hazel Rowley, Tete a Tete: Simone de Beavoir and Jean-Paul Sartre .
A photo of the pencil sketch "Tete de Femme".
Combine Tete-a-tete daffodils with pussy willow branches for an instant spring garden.
But the idea that being witness to sarcastic criticisms could actually help people solve creative, complex problems better than those who were exposed to relaxed tete-a-tetes is a thought-provoking idea.
The Hollywood A-list pair enjoyed a tete a tete after a chance meeting at the Toronto Film Festival last week, and to say the actor was enamored with Robert Pattinson's ex would be an understatement, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
Democrats vs Republicans Debate Tete -a- Tete on 'The New Normal'.
The James Johnson-Earl Clark tete -a- tete .
Tom Snyder Turned Television Into a Tete -a- Tete .
SoCal > Podcasts > ALOUD at Central Library > Hazel Rowley, Tete a Tete : Simone de Beavoir and Jean-Paul Sartre.
Inslee's presidential tete -a- tete .
Democrats vs Republicans Debate Tete-a-Tete on 'The New Normal'.
The James Johnson-Earl Clark tete-a-tete .
Tom Snyder Turned Television Into a Tete-a-Tete .
In "Tete-a-Tete, Tuileries Gardens," from 1910, Frank Wilcox shows a lively ability in watercolor while capturing an urban vignette of a man and woman speaking privately (but in the open).
People gathered by a river to bathe, play and wash their dishes in the Tete region of northern Mozambique .
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