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vis–à–vis

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preposition \ˈvēz-ə-ˈvē, ˈvēs- also -ä-ˈvē\

Definition of vis–à–vis

  1. 1 :  in relation to

  2. 2 :  as compared with

  3. 3 :  face-to-face with

Did You Know?

Vis-à-vis comes from Latin by way of French, where it means literally "face-to-face". In English it was first used to mean a little horse-drawn carriage in which two people sat opposite each other. From there it acquired various other meanings, such as "dancing partner". Today it no longer refers to actual physical faces and bodies, but its modern meaning comes from the fact that things that are face-to-face can easily be compared or contrasted. So, for example, a greyhound is very tall vis-à-vis a Scottie, and the Red Sox have often fared badly vis-à-vis the Yankees.

Origin and Etymology of vis–à–vis

French, literally, face-to-face


First Known Use: 1755


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vis–à–vis

noun

Definition of vis–à–vis

plural

vis–à–vis

play \ˈvēz-ə-ˈvē(z), ˈvēs-, -ä-\
  1. 1 :  one that is face-to-face with another

  2. 2a :  escort, dateb :  counterpart

  3. 3 :  tête-à-tête 1

Circa 1757

First Known Use of vis–à–vis

circa 1757


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vis–à–vis

adverb

Definition of vis–à–vis

  1. :  in company :  together

1760

First Known Use of vis–à–vis

1760


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