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What Does TETE-A-TETE Mean? The Definition of TETE-A-TETE

The English language has absorbed numerous words from French. Tete-a-tete is an example.
This video provides illustrated sentence examples to show the meaning and definition of TETE-A-TETE.

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Hello, I’m David James.

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What does the expression tete-a-tete mean?

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tête-à-tête is a French expression that literally means head to head.
We use it in English to describe a private conversation between two people, speaking face to face.
(It is often written without the accents: tete-a-tete)
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In our first example we see two women in a café having a private conversation, speaking face to face.
The sentence reads: She met her friend at a cafe for a quick tete-a-tete.

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Next, the picture shows the German Chancellor and Dutch Prime Minister speaking together in private.
The sentence reads: Here we see the Dutch Prime Minister having a tete-a-tete with the German Chancellor back in 2013.

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In this picture we see a two seater sofa and an s-shape garden seat.
The sentence reads: ‘Tete-a-tete’ is also the name given to a sofa or seat for two, often in an s-shape to allow two persons to face each other.

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So remember, the next time you have a face-to-face or head-to-head conversation with someone, you are having a tete-a-tete!

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Now you know the definition of tete-a-tete, look for opportunities to use it in your everyday conversation.
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Additional examples of usage:

“For the next ten minutes, Jocelyn just watched the conversation between Nova and Jackie grew from small chitchat to a long and interesting tête-à-tête.”
Source: http://www.fictionpress.com/s/1472965/4/The-Standard

“Usually he would have noted the conversation down; however he felt that this little tête-à-tête would be one he wasn’t going to forget easily.”

“Just then Benny and the gang appeared through the gigantic garage door for the warehouse, which ended Taylor and Joy’s tête-à-tête as soon as it started.”


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Slide 4 - conversation between two women
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Slide 5 - - Dutch Prime Minister
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Slide 7 - 2 seater sofa
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Love_seat_-_garden_furniture.jpg: Andy Roberts from East London, Englandderivative work: Catfisheye