- face to face: They sat vis-à-vis at the table.
- face-to-face: a vis-à-vis encounter.
- Numismatics. (of a coin) having two portraits facing each other.
- in relation to; compared with: income vis-à-vis expenditures.
- facing; opposite: They were now vis-à-vis the most famous painting in the Louvre.
- a person face to face with or situated opposite to another: He offered a cigarette to his vis-à-vis.
- a date at a social affair: She introduced her vis-à-vis to the hostess.
- a person of equal authority, rank, or the like: my vis-à-vis in the Louisville office.
- a carriage in which the occupants sit face to face.
- Furniture. tête-à-tête(def 2).
Origin of vis-à-vis
Examples 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
January 22, 2014
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
September 13, 2013
The lieutenant turned briskly, so, too, did Mr. Winslow and his vis-a-vis.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
Just then Seriosha came and requested me to be his vis-a-vis.Childhood
"That speaks volumes for my charms at that time," interrupted his vis-a-vis.Jennie Gerhardt
He struck one and handed it to his vis-a-vis, bowing with his foreign grace.Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo
William Le Queux
His vis-a-vis, as luck, or ill-luck would have it, was the monocle-man.Nothing But the Truth
Frederic S. Isham
- in relation to; regarding
- face to face with; opposite
- face to face; opposite
- a person or thing that is situated opposite to another
- a person who corresponds to another in office, capacity, etc; counterpart
- an upholstered sofa; tête-à-tête
- a type of horse-drawn carriage in which the passengers sit opposite one another
- a coin having an obverse upon which two portraits appear facing each other
Word Origin and History for vis-a-vis
1753, from French prepositional use of the adj. vis-à-vis "face to face," from Old French vis "face" (see visage).
Relative to; compared with: “She performed well vis-à-vis the rest of the competitors.”