What does vis-a-vis mean?

Definitions for vis-a-visˌvi zəˈvi; Fr. vi zaˈvi; -ˈviz; Fr. -ˈvi

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. counterpart, opposite number, vis-a-vis(noun)

    a person or thing having the same function or characteristics as another

  2. love seat, loveseat, tete-a-tete, vis-a-vis(adverb)

    small sofa that seats two people

  3. vis-a-vis(adverb)

    face-to-face with; literally `face to face'

    "they sat vis-a-vis at the table"; "I found myself vis-a-vis a burly policeman"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vis-a-vis(noun)

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

  2. Vis-a-vis(noun)

    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

  3. Vis-a-vis(adverb)

    face to face

  4. Origin: [F., opposite, face to face.]


  1. Vis-à-vis

    A vis-à-vis is a carriage in which the passengers sit face to face. The term comes from the French vis-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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vis-à-vis

    vēz′-a-vē′, adv. facing one another.—n. one who faces, or is opposite to, another: a light carriage with seats facing each other: a kind of couch. [Fr. vis, face (—L. visus, look), à, to, vis, face.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vis-a-vis in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vis-a-vis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Daniele Nouy:

    A lot of significant losses were taken in places that were of small importance vis-à-vis the rest of the group, we are not considering that one category of business model is better than another.

  2. Maria Fantappie:

    Their relevance is the way that Abadi will use them as a stepping stone to make some small changes which will empower his popularity and position vis-a-vis other powerful rivals in the Shi'ite political scene.

  3. Haim Tomer:

    Indirect secret cooperation vis-a-vis Iran is happening with these countries and there is the possibility to deepen it, it's always easier to cooperate with intelligence sharing than it is when it comes to military assets.

  4. Ramana Pemmaraju:

    Mechanics of Mind: I feel the greatest source of despair stems not from what we do on a daily basis, but the pace at which our mind thinks vis-a-vis our progression in real life that matters - the greater the gap the more the despair!”

  5. John Kerry:

    President (Barack) Obama is very appreciative of your leadership on the (nuclear) non-proliferation issue, for countering violent extremism, cooperation vis-a-vis Afghanistan and counter-Daesh (Islamic State), we have a very strong set of security interests.

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