Definitions

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  • n. A chance meeting or encounter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as rencounter, n.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In billiards, that kiss-shot, so called, in which the cue-ball drives the first object-ball against the second and meets the latter on its return from cushion.

Etymologies

From Middle French rencontre. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We had better have it what they call a rencontre down there, where two gentlemen propose to kill each other on sight.

    The Story of a Play A Novel

  • Dans son chemin rencontre le grand saint Nicolas, Dieu, aidez-moi!

    Folk Songs of French Canada

  • This terrible 'rencontre' threw her into such a fright, that for three days she lived in constant terror, scarcely daring to venture out, even on the most urgent business, and always fearing lest she should see again the ferocious Anatolian.

    Recollections of the private life of Napoleon

  • He was mighty witty, and she also making sport with him very inoffensively, that a more pleasant 'rencontre' I never heard.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, February 1666/67

  • There is a lot more miscellaneous information, but I may remember it more coherently a little later when the main impressions of the rencontre are a little more faint. "[

    The Worst Journey in the World Antarctic 1910-1913

  • Friday, March 20, 2009 rencontre photos © Kristin Espinasse

    rencontre - French Word-A-Day

  • Toute culture naît du mélange, de la rencontre, des chocs.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Une bien jolie rencontre au hazard du net avec votre blog, je le met dans mes favoris

    rencontre - French Word-A-Day

  • I actually had a beautiful rencontre with a little old woman as Kristi and I were climbing up the ancient pathway to your house two years ago.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • A l'heure où les caméras vidéos sont partout dans le stade pour filmer le match, comment se fait-il que l'on n'autorise pas la vidéo dans ce genre de rencontre capitale?

    French Word-A-Day:

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  • "Here the ground was measured out, and at the drop of a handkerchief each young man shot the other in the belly... 'Did you know about this rencontre, Stephen?' asked Jack that evening."
    --P. O'Brian, The Commodore, 245

    March 18, 2008