rencontre

noun
ren·​con·​tre | \ räⁿ-ˈkōⁿtrᵊ How to pronounce rencontre (audio) , ren-ˈkän-tər How to pronounce rencontre (audio) \
variants: or rencounter \ ren-​ˈkau̇n-​tər How to pronounce rencounter (audio) \

Definition of rencontre

1 : a hostile meeting or a contest between forces or individuals : combat
2 : a casual meeting

Examples of rencontre in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her work will be unveiled for the first time next week, in an exhibition at the annual Rencontres d’Arles photography festival in France. Sarah Moroz, The Cut, "Intimate Self-portraits by Audrey Tautou," 28 June 2017 Charlotte Casiraghi is leading the Rencontres, which was organized at l’Institut Océanographique de Paris (this, in turn, was founded by Casiraghi’s great great great grandfather, Albert I of Monaco). Anne Mcnally, Vanities, "Anne McNally’s Social Circuit Diary: March 2017 and More," 13 Apr. 2017 Charlotte Casiraghi is leading the Rencontres, which was organized at l’Institut Océanographique de Paris (this, in turn, was founded by Casiraghi’s great great great grandfather, Albert I of Monaco). Vanityfair.com, VanityFair.com, "Anne McNally’s Social Circuit Diary: March 2017 and More," 13 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of rencontre

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rencontre

rencounter from Middle French rencontre, from rencontrer; rencontre from French

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Cite this Entry

“Rencontre.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rencontre. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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