There are words like "meeting", "gathering" or "get-together" that describe some people coming together for a certain time, for doing certain things together.

Those words may or may not imply that the people getting together are a group (i.e. 3 or more people) -- a meeting can be between two people, but I'd assume that a gathering is typically understood to mean a whole group of people.

Either case, is there any expression or preferebly a single word which indicates that it's exactly two people getting together for some activity?

Words that are typically used for an appointment between two people -- like date or rendezvous -- usually have a romantic connotation. I'm basically looking for a more neutral equivalent.

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    a one-to-one discussion. – Graffito Jan 20 '16 at 14:07
  • May be a "one-on-one X" would also work depending on context... – tmh Jan 20 '16 at 14:13

Tête–à–tête is sometimes used for a meeting of two people. It connotes privacy (i.e., the conversation thereat is intended to be private).

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    Doesn't tete-a-tete usually have romantic connotation, too? – tmh Jan 20 '16 at 12:29
  • Tête–à–tête tends to be associated more with conversation between 2 people and not other activities, – BiscuitBoy Jan 20 '16 at 12:30
  • @tmh Not that I know of. It does not preclude romance, of course. Cf. vocabulary.com/dictionary/tete-a-tete – anemone Jan 20 '16 at 12:32
  • @BiscuitBoy As for actitivities, it is on a par with 'meeting'. If two people want to play tennis, then of course a game of tennis is in order. – anemone Jan 20 '16 at 12:34
  • @anemone Then tete-a-tete might work. In German, this Gallicism is also present and I'd say its meaning leans more towards "date", but that doesn't seem to be the case in an anglophone context. – tmh Jan 20 '16 at 12:39

In IT, pair programming is a common term. It indicates two people sitting down in front of a computer, where one writes code and the other tries to find any possible mistakes as each line is written.

So you can consider "pair up".

to form a pair, or to make two people form a pair

[Macmillan Dicitonary]


Alice and Bob paired up and went to see the new Star Wars Movie

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  • I just wonder if there's a corresponding noun for "pair up"? – tmh Jan 20 '16 at 12:41
  • @tmh corresponding noun, in IT world, is simply "a pair" – k1eran Jan 20 '16 at 14:28
  • @k1eran Yeah, but "pair" describes the entity, not the activity. Compare "group" to "gathering" and "pair" to "tete-a-tete". – tmh Jan 20 '16 at 14:56
  • @tmh The benefit of pairing is greatest on tasks that the programmers do not fully understand before they begin - quoting from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pair_programming – k1eran Jan 20 '16 at 15:55

You could consider using twosome which means:

A pair of people considered together.

When you play golf with just one partner, it is called twosome golf.

[Oxford Online Dictionary]

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  • @anemone Depending on the context, it is used as an activity as in "I am playing twosome today" in golf, vidoe game, etc. – user140086 Jan 20 '16 at 12:56

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