What does the word contretemps mean?

Usage examples for contretemps

  1. There had been a little contretemps or misadventure. – An Old Man's Love by Anthony Trollope
  2. That what had happened had been no mere contretemps, no mere accident of trains and coaches, was plain enough from Kitty's eyes- from all that William did not say, no less than from what he said. – The Marriage of William Ashe by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  3. Amy, grinning delightedly, reached far across the board where he sat and, pointing at Clint with a baked potato impaled on a fork, announced loudly: " A contretemps, Mr. Thayer, a veritable contretemps!" – Left Tackle Thayer by Ralph Henry Barbour