A tete-a-tete might be a casual chat, but it's more likely to be a formal conversation or meeting between only two people.

If your boss requests a tete-a-tete with you, she means that she wants to have a meeting, just the two of you. Maybe you'll get a raise at the tete-a-tete — or maybe you're in trouble. You could schedule a tete-a-tete with your college adviser or plan to sit down with your roommate and have a tete-a-tete about the dirty dishes in the sink. The leaders of warring countries might also try to settle disputes through a tete-a-tete. In French, tête-à-tête literally means "head to head."

Definitions of tete-a-tete
  1. noun
    a private conversation between two people
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    pillow talk
    intimate conversation between lovers (typically occurring in bed)
    type of:
    the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.
  2. noun
    small sofa that seats two people
    synonyms: love seat, loveseat, vis-a-vis
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    type of:
    couch, lounge, sofa
    an upholstered seat for more than one person
  3. adjective
    involving two persons; intimately private
    “a tete-a-tete supper”
    synonyms: head-to-head
    confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy
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