- 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
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of vis-a-vis
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 for vis-à-vis
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.”