Part of speech: noun
Origin: French, late 17th century
A private conversation between two people.
An S-shaped sofa on which two people can sit face to face.
Examples of Tête-à-tête in a sentence
"The world leaders had a private tête-à-tête before the press conference."
"The 20-somethings sat on the tête-à-tête and continued to flirt."
Popularity Over Time
This word comes directly from the French, literally meaning “head-to-head.” Originates from the Old French “teste,” meaning “head.”
Did you Know?
The courting bench and the gossip’s chair are just two of the monikers given to the tête-à-tête couch. They were extremely popular in Victorian-era upper-class homes — perhaps because Victorians were so conservative about the courting process. The sofa’s unique design allowed blossoming couples to sit close without ever touching.