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Etymology

From French vis-à-vis 'face to face'.

Pronunciation

Preposition

vis-à-vis

  1. In relation to or compared with
    • Canada's role vis-à-vis the United States' in Afghanistan
  2. as opposed to

Translations

Noun

Singular
vis-à-vis

Plural
vis-à-vis

vis-à-vis (vis-à-vis)
  1. (historical) A small horse-drawn carriage for two people sitting facing each other.
    • 1761, Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, vol. 3, Penguin 2003, p. 188:
      there is not a greater difference between a single-horse chair and madam Pompadour’s vis a vis, than betwixt a single amour, and an amour thus nobly doubled
  2. One of two (or more) people facing or opposite each other during a formal dance.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Daughter of the Regiment’, Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio Society 2005, p. 136:
      That was what Miss McKenna said, and the Sergeant who was my vis-à-vis looked the same thing.

Adverb

vis-à-vis

  1. face to face (with another)
  2. (archaic) In a position facing a specified or implied subject.

Translations


French

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /vizavi/

Preposition

vis-à-vis

  1. opposite (of)
    C'est vis-à-vis de la piscine. It's opposite the swimming-pool.
  2. regarding, vis-à-vis

Adverb

vis-à-vis

  1. facing, face-to-face

Noun

vis-à-vis m (plural same)

  1. a meeting
  2. (in) opposition, facing position
    Les maisons sont en vis-à-vis. The houses face each other.

German

Alternative spellings

Preposition

vis-à-vis [[Category:Template:lang:de prepositions|vis-à-vis]]

  1. vis-à-vis

Synonyms

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