What does vis-à-vis mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word vis-à-vis.

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-à-vis in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vis-à-vis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Fabrice Pothier:

    I think overall things are in a better place for Ukraine vis-à-vis the U.S..

  2. Dmitry Peskov:

    For us, we are interested in having a predictable partner, a predictable vis a vis for the dialogue.

  3. Ali Akbar Salehi:

    Until that document is produced we certainly will not take any measures vis-à-vis the Arak heavy water research reactor.

  4. Nandan Unnikrishnan:

    Russia has a distinct advantage over everyone in understanding how Indian bureaucracy works, given the level of trust that exists in the Indian establishment vis-a-vis Russia.

  5. White House spokesman Josh Earnest:

    We are confident that the decision that was made vis-à-vis the Keystone pipeline is entirely consistent with all of our international obligations, including our obligations under NAFTA.

Images & Illustrations of vis-à-vis

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