A plot contrivance by which two protagonists in a romantic comedy first meet under unexpected and often comically adverse circumstances.
(plural meet cutes)
- (narratology) A situation in a film, television series, etc. in which a potential or future romantic couple meet for the first time in a way that is considered adorable, entertaining, or amusing.
Accidentally coined by director Ernst Lubitsch, who had difficulty speaking English, to describe the encounter between the characters played by Gary Cooper and Claudette Colbert in Bluebeard's Eighth Wife.