Definitions for vis-a-visˌvi zəˈvi; Fr. vi zaˈvi; -ˈviz; Fr. -ˈvi
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
vis-à-visˌvi zəˈvi; Fr. vi zaˈvi; -ˈviz; Fr. -ˈvi(adv.; adj.; prep.; n.)(pl.)-vis
(adv.)face to face.
(prep.)in relation to:
income vis-à-vis expenditures.
(n.)a person face-to-face with or situated opposite to another.
a person of equal authority, rank, or the like.
a carriage in which the occupants sit face to face.
Ref: tête-à-tête (def. 2). 2
Origin of vis-à-vis:
1745–55; < F
counterpart, opposite number, vis-a-vis(noun)
a person or thing having the same function or characteristics as another
love seat, loveseat, tete-a-tete, vis-a-vis(adverb)
small sofa that seats two people
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"
one who, or that which, is face to face with another; esp., one who faces another in dancing
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
face to face
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.
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