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.
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.]
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c. 1850-1860 American
tête-à-tête attributed to
John H. Belter (1804-1863)
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