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Everything about the French quote "Un tête-à-tête"

Ready to learn everything you ever wanted to know about the basic French idiom "Un tête-à-tête"? More precisely, this includes a detailed guide of what it is and how to use it in a conversation with an audio example. Together with the cool things we sprinkled like dialogue example, slow pronunciation audio, synonym and more!

English translation

  • Translation : A one-on-one conversation

  • Literal meaning : A head-to-head

  • Register : Neutral - Basic

Pronunciation example



  • IPA : / ɛ̃ tɛtəatɛt /

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What does un tête-à-tête mean?


We use it to describe a "one-on-one" private conversation between two people. The literal meaning "A head to head" is a metaphor for two heads talking to each other.

It can be used to describe a one-on-one meeting at work, a date or just a conversation between friends.

How to use

Few examples:

Fun facts

There is a similar expression "un face-à-face" which is similar to the English expression "A face-to-face". But this isn't exactly a synonym, since we use it more in competitive contexts, typically for sports games.

Example: "Le face-à-face entre les deux joueurs a commencé ! (The face to face between the two players started!)

Synonyms / Related

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Je démissionne

I resign

Brigitte décide finalement de démissionner de son travail.
Brigitte finally decides to resign from her job.
Elle avait prévu de l'annoncer à son patron, Louis, ce matin.
She had planned to announce it to her boss, Louis, this morning.
Comme d'habitude, elle mange son petit-déjeuner, se prépare et se dirige vers son lieu de travail.
As usual, she eats her breakfast, prepares and heads to her workplace.
Elle ne voulait pas perdre de temps...
She didn't want to waste time...
Donc une fois arrivée, elle va directement vers le bureau de son patron.
So once arrived, she goes straight to her boss's office.
Elle frappe à la porte...
She knocks at the door...


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