from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An unplanned meeting.
- n. A hostile encounter or contest.
- transitive v. To meet unexpectedly or have an unexpected meeting.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. (transitive) To meet, encounter, come into contact with.
- n. An encounter between opposing forces; a conflict.
- n. An encounter or chance meeting.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To meet unexpectedly; to encounter.
- transitive v. To attack hand to hand.
- intransitive v. To meet unexpectedly; to encounter in a hostile manner; to come in collision; to skirmish.
- n. A meeting of two persons or bodies; a collision; especially, a meeting in opposition or contest; a combat, action, or engagement.
- n. A causal combat or action; a sudden contest or fight without premeditation, as between individuals or small parties.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To meet unexpectedly; fall in with.
- To attack hand to hand; encounter.
- To meet an enemy unexpectedly; clash; come in collision; fight hand to hand.
- n. An antagonistic or hostile meeting; a sudden coming in contact; collision; combat.
- n. A casual combat or action; a sudden contest or fight; a slight engagement between armies or fleets.
- n. Synonyms Skirmish, Brush, etc. See encounter.
French rencontre, from Old French, from rencontrer, to meet : re-, re- + encontrer, to meet; see encounter.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old (and modern) French rencontrer (verb), rencontre (noun), corresponding to re- + Old French encontrer ‘encounter’. (Wiktionary)