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vis-à-vis

[ vee-zuh-vee; French vee-za-vee ]

preposition

  1. compared with:

    The graph shows income vis-à-vis expenditures.

  2. in relation to or toward:

    The report is an examination of Japan’s foreign policy vis-à-vis its Asian neighbors.

  3. with regard to; concerning; about:

    I’ve read his comments vis-à-vis the role of the media in international conflicts.

  4. facing; opposite:

    We are now vis-à-vis the most famous painting in the Louvre.



adverb

  1. face to face:

    They sat vis-à-vis at the table.

adjective

  1. face-to-face:

    a vis-à-vis encounter.

  2. Numismatics. (of a coin) having two portraits facing each other.

noun

, plural vis-à-vis [vee-z, uh, -, veez, vee-z, a, -, vee].
  1. a person face to face with or situated opposite to another:

    He offered a cigarette to his vis-à-vis.

  2. a date at a social affair:

    She introduced her vis-à-vis to the hostess.

  3. a person of equal authority, rank, or the like:

    my vis-à-vis in the Louisville office.

  4. a carriage in which the occupants sit face to face.

vis-à-vis

/ ˌviːzɑːˈviː /

preposition

  1. in relation to; regarding
  2. face to face with; opposite


adverb

  1. face to face; opposite

noun

  1. a person or thing that is situated opposite to another
  2. a person who corresponds to another in office, capacity, etc; counterpart
  3. an upholstered sofa; tête-à-tête
  4. a type of horse-drawn carriage in which the passengers sit opposite one another
  5. a coin having an obverse upon which two portraits appear facing each other

vis-à-vis

  1. Relative to; compared with: “She performed well vis-à-vis the rest of the competitors.”


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Word History and Origins

Origin of vis-à-vis1

First recorded in 1745–55; from French: literally, “face to face”; visage

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Word History and Origins

Origin of vis-à-vis1

C18: French, from vis face

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Example Sentences

Vis-a-vis writing, Exeter was the place I got interested in writing.

Not only on the diplomatic level— i.e., vis-a-vis Europe or Israel, but also within Palestinian society.

The U.S. has three goals vis-a-vis Iran: minimalist, maximalist and in-between.

My fair vis-a-vis looked me now full in the face and smiled, so that a dimple in her right cheek was plainly visible.

Two couples were seated vis-a-vis, the men apparently making fun of a "pony" coat one of the girls was wearing.

Looking down he saw the lady's hand resting upon his knee, and he straightway utilized the forefinger of his vis-a-vis.

M. Rubempré ordered both sherry and claret, and then filled the glasses of his vis-a-vis and his own.

I set myself to examine my vis-a-vis, dividing my attention between picturesque studies and studies physiognomical.

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