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Vis-a-vis \Vis`-a-vis"\, n. [F., opposite, face to face.]

  1. One who, or that which, is face to face with another; esp., one who faces another in dancing.

  2. A carriage in which two persons sit face to face. Also, a form of sofa with seats for two persons, so arranged that the occupants are face to face while sitting on opposite sides.


Vis-a-vis \Vis`-a-vis"\, adv. Face to face.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1755, from French prepositional use of the adj. vis-à-vis "face to face," from Old French vis "face" (see visage).


Etymology 1 a. (altform vis-à-vis English) adv. (altform vis-à-vis English) n. (altform vis-à-vis English) prep. (altform vis-à-vis English) Etymology 2

adv. vis-à-vis, face-to-face prep. vis-à-vis, opposite, facing


a. 1 face-to-face 2 in relation to 3 (context numismatics of a coin English) having two portraits facing each other adv. 1 face to face (with another) 2 (context archaic English) In a position facing a specified or implied subject. n. 1 (context historical English) A small horse-drawn carriage for two people sitting facing each other. 2 A sofa with seats for two people, so arranged that the occupants are face to face while sitting on opposite sides. 3 One of two (or more) people facing or opposite each other during a formal dance, at a dinner table etc. 4 A date or escort in a social event. 5 A person holding a corresponding position in another organisation; a counterpart. prep. 1 in relation to; compared with; 2 opposite, across from, set so as to be facing.


prep. (misspelling of vis-à-vis English)

  1. n. a person or thing having the same function or characteristics as another [syn: counterpart, opposite number]

  2. small sofa that seats two people [syn: love seat, tete-a-tete]

  3. adv. face-to-face; face-to-face with; "they sat vis-a-vis at the table"; "I found myself vis-a-vis a burly policeman"


Vis-à-vis is a Latin phrase meaning:

  1. Face to face with; opposite to.
  2. Compared with.
  3. In relation to.

It may also refer to:

  • Vis-à-vis (carriage)
  • "Vis à Vis" (Star Trek: Voyager), an episode of Star Trek: Voyager
  • Vis a vis (TV series), a Spanish television series
Vis-à-vis (carriage)


A vis-à-vis is a carriage in which the passengers sit face to face with the front passengers facing rearward and the rear passengers facing forward. The term comes from the Frenchvis-à-vis, meaning face to face. These carriages are still commonly made by Amish carriage makers in the midwestern United States. Also in the Western world, the vis-a-vis is the most common type of carriage style used to cart tourists and leisure seekers in downtown urban settings.

Vis-à-vis (album)

Vis-à-vis is the second studio album by Slovak musician Karol Mikloš, issued via Millenium Records on October 21, 2002. Based on available music reviews, the work met with mixed to positive commentaries.

Usage examples of "vis-a-vis".

We returned to Rome, and for the three hours that she was with me in my vis-a-vis, Lucrezia had no reason to think that my ardour was at all abated.

The next day at ten o'clock we took a coach, but as we were nearing the gate of the city a vis-a-vis, with servants in a foreign livery came tip to us, and the person who was in it called out, "Stop!

Deprived of the ambivalent allure of his face—that plowed moon sewn with seeds of nettle and narcissus, that pink grapefruit carved with an assassin's dagger—she was free now to concentrate on his feet, and she focused on his grubby Converses, sometimes separately, sometimes both together, alert to their position vis-à-vis one another, vis-à-vis a crack in the pavement.

Since all items of food were sterilely packed in containers which served as discardable cooking units, her duties vis-a-vis breakfast consisted of nothing more than choosing the menu, placing the items on the table, and removing the residue thereafter.

Rodgers said that Striker's orders vis-a-vis General Amadori would be given to them by Darrell McCaskey.

The news ignited the entire Author­ity, especially Lashi Ala, who had never experienced a Lylmik vis-à-vis encounter.

In other words, I make you aware of this amor stuff not as confession of personal misdeeds but to make full disclosure of situation that could influence my judgment vis-a-vis Semper Marine and conceivably negatively impact shareholder value, or, much more plausibly, that could be SEEN as doing so by minority-shareholder lawyers who infest our industry like guinea worms, and used as pretext for legal action).

Lieutenant Colonel Dunn was having thoughts vis-a-vis Major Pickering he did notcould notshare with him.

It would take less money to pave the streets than it took to lay temporary sidewalks during the quarterly visitations by the board, but Marjorie was a minority voice on the Board of Governors, which had a “no frills” policy vis-a-vis its char­itable endeavor.