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

n a private conversation between two people

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.

n small sofa that seats two people

love seat, loveseat, vis-a-vis
Type of:
couch, lounge, sofa
an upholstered seat for more than one person

adj involving two persons; intimately private

“a tete-a-tete supper”
confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy

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