Meaning of contretemps

con•tre•temps

Pronunciation: (kon'tru-tän" Fr. kôntr&supschwa-tän'), [key]
— pl. -temps
  1. an inopportune occurrence; an embarrassing mischance: He caused a minor contretemps by knocking over his drink.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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