As far as I know, a romantic meeting can be called a "date". They both like each other. But when you meet a person who provide you with a service such as a dentist, doctor, psychologist, lawyer..., it is called an "appointment". And when you meet someone for business, it's called a "meeting". However, if I just meet my friends or a new girlfriend, I can say: "I'm meeting/seeing friends/a new girlfriend. That's OK. "Learning English with Papa Teach Me" on Youtube said that. Both of them are full sentences, but I want a specific noun like "the first date" or "the first gathering" or "the first meeting". Which ones I can use? And if possible, could you explain your advice? Thanks in advance for any helping or advice.

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    You're looking for nouns that can be used for a relatively small group of people (let's say 8 or fewer) coming together for friendly conversation at a preordained place and time, perhaps over a meal or coffee?
    – TimR
    Aug 1, 2017 at 16:14
  • Yes. I met a new girlfriend and 2 old ones at a small coffee shop and I'm really confused which nouns I should use in this situation.
    – Audrey01
    Aug 1, 2017 at 16:33
  • At our recent encounter is very neutral, not indicating if it was even planned.
    – Davo
    Aug 1, 2017 at 21:03
  • Keep in mind "appointment" is usually tied to a date/time.
    – user3169
    Aug 1, 2017 at 22:56

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In American English you could say

At our last ...




And you can refer to the meal itself as an occasion:

At our last...







If you don't mind a longer phrase instead of a single noun:

The last time we met or The last time we got together or The last time we saw each other or The last time we had coffee (lunch, dinner, etc).

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