en face

adjective
\ äⁿfȧs \

Definition of en face

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : facing forward : having face or front forward a portrait en face
2 : opposite a collection of French poems with English translation en face
en·​face | \ ə̇nˈfās, en- \

Definition of enface (Entry 2 of 2)

British
: to write or print on the face of (a draft or bill) enface drafts with memoranda also : to write or print (a memorandum or direction) on the face of a draft or bill

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History and Etymology for en face

Adjective

French, opposite

Transitive verb

en- (as in endorse) + face, noun

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“En face.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/en%20face. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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