vis-à-vis [ vee-zuh-vee; French vee-za-vee ]
1. face to face: They sat vis-à-vis at the table.
2. face-to-face: a vis-à-vis encounter.
3. Numismatics. (of a coin) having two portraits facing each other.
4. in relation to; compared with: income vis-à-vis expenditures.
5. facing; opposite: They were now vis-à-vis the most famous painting in the Louvre.
noun, plural vis-à-vis [vee-zuh-veez; French vee-za-vee].
6. a person face to face with or situated opposite to another: He offered a cigarette to his vis-à-vis.
7. a date at a social affair: She introduced her vis-à-vis to the hostess.
8. a person of equal authority, rank, or the like: my vis-à-vis in the Louisville office.
9. a carriage in which the occupants sit face to face.
10. Furniture. tête-à-tête(def 2).
WORDS RELATED TO VIS-A-VIS
facing, date, escort, opposite, versus
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Origin: 1745–55; < French: face to face; see visage
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR VIS-A-VIS
Vis-a-vis writing, Exeter was the place I got interested in writing.
CHANG-RAE LEE: HOW I WRITE|NOAH CHARNEY|JANUARY 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not only on the diplomatic level— i.e., vis-a-vis Europe or Israel, but also within Palestinian society.
LOSING JERUSALEM SEWAGE PLANT COULD PROVE LONGER TERM WIN FOR PALESTINIANS|HILLEL COHEN|SEPTEMBER 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Leslie Warburton had replaced her mask, but the face she concealed was engraven upon the memory of her vis-a-vis.
DANGEROUS GROUND|LAWRENCE L. LYNCH
Captain Horton found his vis-a-vis a somewhat unsatisfactory companion.
THE YELLOW CRAYON|E. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM
My dear dad, you shall rattle up in your vis-a-vis, to the astonishment of all Garlick Hill.
There are Chippendale chairs, with carved rosettes, in low relief, vis-a-vis with a child's slat-back chair.
HISTORIC HOMES|MARY H. NORTHEND
Looking down he saw the lady's hand resting upon his knee, and he straightway utilized the forefinger of his vis-a-vis.
LITTLE JOURNEYS TO THE HOMES OF THE GREAT - VOLUME 12|ELBERT HUBBARD
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