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Definition of contretemps noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    contretemps

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈkɑntrəˌtɑ̃//
     
    (pl. contretemps
    NAmE//ˈkɑntrəˌtɑ̃//
     
    , NAmE//ˈkɑntrəˌtɑ̃z//
     
    )
    (from French) (formal or )
     
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  1. 1(humorous) an unexpected and unfortunate event
  2. 2a minor argument or disagreement with another person They have been ignoring me since our last contretemps.
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