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vis-à-vis

[vee-zuh-vee; French vee-za-vee] /ˌvi zəˈvi; French vi zaˈvi/
adverb
1.
face to face:
They sat vis-à-vis at the table.
adjective
2.
face-to-face:
a vis-à-vis encounter.
3.
Numismatics. (of a coin) having two portraits facing each other.
preposition
4.
in relation to; compared with:
income vis-à-vis expenditures.
5.
facing; opposite:
They were now vis-à-vis the most famous painting in the Louvre.
noun, plural vis-à-vis
[vee-zuh-veez; French vee-za-vee] /ˌvi zəˈviz; French vi zaˈvi/ (Show IPA)
6.
a person face to face with or situated opposite to another:
He offered a cigarette to his vis-à-vis.
7.
a date at a social affair:
She introduced her vis-à-vis to the hostess.
8.
a person of equal authority, rank, or the like:
my vis-à-vis in the Louisville office.
9.
a carriage in which the occupants sit face to face.
10.
Furniture. tête-à-tête (def 2).
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < French: face to face; see visage
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  • Traveling by sea ferry offers certain benefits regarding personal comfort and transporting luggage vis-a-vis air travel.
British Dictionary definitions for vis-à-vis

vis-à-vis

/ˌviːzɑːˈviː/
preposition
1.
in relation to; regarding
2.
face to face with; opposite
adverb, adjective
3.
face to face; opposite
noun (pl) vis-à-vis
4.
a person or thing that is situated opposite to another
5.
a person who corresponds to another in office, capacity, etc; counterpart
6.
an upholstered sofa; tête-à-tête
7.
a type of horse-drawn carriage in which the passengers sit opposite one another
8.
a coin having an obverse upon which two portraits appear facing each other
Word Origin
C18: French, from vis face
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Word Origin and History for vis-à-vis

vis-a-vis

1753, from French prepositional use of the adj. vis-à-vis "face to face," from Old French vis "face" (see visage).

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vis-à-vis in Culture
vis-à-vis [(vee-zuh-vee)]

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

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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