tete-a-tete


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tête-à-tête

 (tāt′ə-tāt′, tĕt′ə-tĕt′)
adv. & adj.
Without the intrusion of a third person; in intimate privacy: talk tête-à-tête; a tête-à-tête supper.
n.
1. A private conversation between two persons.
2. A sofa for two, especially an S-shaped one allowing the occupants to face each other.

[French : tête, head (from Late Latin testa, skull; see teston) + à, to + tête, head.]

tête-à-tête

(ˌteɪtəˈteɪt)
n, pl -têtes or -tête
1.
a. a private conversation between two people
b. (as modifier): a tête-à-tête conversation.
2. (Furniture) a small sofa for two people, esp one that is S-shaped in plan so that the sitters are almost face to face
adv
intimately; in private
[C17: from French, literally: head to head]

tête-à-tête

(ˈteɪt əˈteɪt, ˈtɛt əˈtɛt)

n., pl. tête-à-têtes,
adj., adv. n.
1. a private conversation or interview, usu. between two people.
2. Also called vis-à-vis. a small sofa shaped like an Sso that two people can converse face to face.
adj.
3. of, between, or for two persons together without others.
adv.
4. (of two persons) together in private: to sit tête-à-tête.
[1690–1700; < French: literally, head to head]

tête-à-tête


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1. A French phrase meaning head to head, used to mean an intimate conversation or meeting between two people.
2. An S-shaped sofa allowing two people to face each other when seated.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tête-à-tête - a private conversation between two peopletete-a-tete - a private conversation between two people
conversation - the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.
pillow talk - intimate conversation between lovers (typically occurring in bed)
2.tête-à-tête - small sofa that seats two peopletete-a-tete - small sofa that seats two people  
couch, lounge, sofa - an upholstered seat for more than one person
Adj.1.tete-a-tete - involving two persons; intimately private; "a tete-a-tete supper"; "a head-to-head conversation"
private - confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy; "a private place"; "private discussions"; "private lessons"; "a private club"; "a private secretary"; "private property"; "the former President is now a private citizen"; "public figures struggle to maintain a private life"

tête-à-tête

noun private conversation, talk, chat, parley, cosy chat, private word, confab (informal) the usual tête-à-tête between the Queen and the Prime Minister
Translations

tête-à-tête

[ˈteɪtɑːˈteɪt] N (tête-à-tête, tête-à-têtes (pl)) → conversación f íntima

tête-à-tête

adj, advunter vier Augen
nTete-a-tete nt, → Tête-à-tête nt
References in classic literature ?
He and Joseph Sedley drank a fitting quantity of port-wine, tete-a-tete, in the dining-room, during the drinking of which Sedley told a number of his best Indian stories; for he was extremely talkative in man's society; and afterwards Miss Amelia Sedley did the honours of the drawing-room; and these four young persons passed such a comfortable evening together, that they declared they were rather glad of the thunder-storm than otherwise, which had caused them to put off their visit to Vauxhall.
Joseph Sedley tete-a-tete with Rebecca, at the drawing-room table, where the latter was occupied in knitting a green silk purse.
La Ramee continued: "My lord has done me the honor to invite me to a supper to-morrow en tete-a-tete.
She was looking forward to a period of unbroken rest, now, and undisturbed tete-a-tete with her husband, when he informed her that Gouvernail was coming up to stay a week or two.
But I was conscious of a growing difference in her manner towards me; sometimes strong enough to be called haughty coldness, cutting and chilling me as the hail had done that came across the sunshine on our marriage morning; sometimes only perceptible in the dexterous avoidance of a tete-a-tete walk or dinner to which I had been looking forward.
The countess wished to have a tete-a-tete talk with the friend of her childhood, Princess Anna Mikhaylovna, whom she had not seen properly since she returned from Petersburg.
So that he was considerably relieved at the arrival of Princess Myakaya, which cut short their tete-a-tete.
Having thus reestablished his position, he sank elegantly into a tete-a-tete ottoman.
The consequence was, that Elinor set out by herself to pay a visit, for which no one could really have less inclination, and to run the risk of a tete-a-tete with a woman, whom neither of the others had so much reason to dislike.
MY DEAR FRIEND,-- "If you are not so compassionate as to dine to-day with Louisa and me, we shall be in danger of hating each other for the rest of our lives, for a whole day's tete-a-tete between two women can never end without a quarrel.
The reason why there had been space for this tete-a-tete can only be known by looking into the back kitchen, where Totty had been discovered rubbing a stray blue-bag against her nose, and in the same moment allowing some liberal indigo drops to fall on her afternoon pinafore.
We were in a part of the shop most frequented by ladies, and we overheard a few tete-a-tetes that were not without amusement.