Data Terminal Equipment. Term ITU protocol standards apply to computers and/or terminals to distinguish them from the packet switching network to which they connect. See also DCE.

In the language of personals, DTE is an acronym for Down To Earth. Eg:

Attractive 26 yo blonde, NS, DTE, GSOH seeks octogenarian multi-millionaire for committed monogamous loving relationship.

It was pointed out to me by an acquaintance that whilst they may consider themselves down to earth sometimes the planet from which this earth comes should have been clarified prior to the first date.

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