or re·con·nois·sance

[ ri-kon-uh-suh ns, -zuh ns ]
/ rɪˈkɒn ə səns, -zəns /


the act of reconnoitering.
Military. a search made for useful military information in the field, especially by examining the ground.
Surveying, Civil Engineering. a general examination or survey of a region, usually followed by a detailed survey.
Geology. an examination or survey of the general geological characteristics of a region.

Nearby words

  1. reconciliatory,
  2. recondite,
  3. recondition,
  4. reconfigure,
  5. reconfirm,
  6. reconnaissance car,
  7. reconnaissance satellite,
  8. reconnect,
  9. reconnoiter,
  10. reconnoitre

Origin of reconnaissance

1800–10; < French; Middle French reconoissance recognizance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reconnaissance



/ (rɪˈkɒnɪsəns) /


the act of reconnoitring
the process of obtaining information about the position, activities, resources, etc, of an enemy or potential enemy
a preliminary inspection of an area of land before an engineering survey is made

Word Origin for reconnaissance

C18: from French, from Old French reconoistre to explore, recognize

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