"Date", "Meeting", "Gathering" and "Appointment"

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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.

Audrey01

Posted 2017-08-01T15:55:11.200

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1You'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? – Tᴚoɯɐuo – 2017-08-01T16:14:22.630

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 – 2017-08-01T16:33:22.320

At our recent encounter is very neutral, not indicating if it was even planned. – Davo – 2017-08-01T21:03:25.930

Keep in mind "appointment" is usually tied to a date/time. – user3169 – 2017-08-01T22:56:56.827

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In American English you could say

At our last ...

meeting

get-together

night-out

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

At our last...

breakfast

brunch

lunch

dinner

coffee

or

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).

Tᴚoɯɐuo

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