Origin of vis-à-vis

1745–55; < French: face to face; see visage
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British Dictionary definitions for vis-a-vis


/ (ˌviːzɑːˈviː) /


in relation to; regarding
face to face with; opposite

adverb, adjective

face to face; opposite

noun plural vis-à-vis

Word Origin for vis-à-vis

C18: French, from vis face
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Culture definitions for vis-a-vis


[ (vee-zuh-vee) ]

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

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