1. face to face: They sat vis-à-vis at the table.


  1. face-to-face: a vis-à-vis encounter.
  2. Numismatics. (of a coin) having two portraits facing each other.


  1. in relation to; compared with: income vis-à-vis expenditures.
  2. facing; opposite: They were now vis-à-vis the most famous painting in the Louvre.

noun, plural vis-à-vis [vee-zuhveez; French vee-zavee] /ˌvi zəˈviz; French vi zaˈvi/.

  1. a person face to face with or situated opposite to another: He offered a cigarette to his vis-à-vis.
  2. a date at a social affair: She introduced her vis-à-vis to the hostess.
  3. a person of equal authority, rank, or the like: my vis-à-vis in the Louisville office.
  4. a carriage in which the occupants sit face to face.
  5. Furniture. tête-à-tête(def 2).


  1. in relation to; regarding
  2. face to face with; opposite

adverb, adjective

  1. face to face; opposite

noun plural vis-à-vis

  1. a person or thing that is situated opposite to another
  2. a person who corresponds to another in office, capacity, etc; counterpart
  3. an upholstered sofa; tête-à-tête
  4. a type of horse-drawn carriage in which the passengers sit opposite one another
  5. a coin having an obverse upon which two portraits appear facing each other

1753, from French prepositional use of the adj. vis-à-vis “face to face,” from Old French vis “face” (see visage).

Relative to; compared with: “She performed well vis-à-vis the rest of the competitors.”

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