Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • prep. Face to face with; opposite to.
  • prep. Compared with.
  • prep. In relation to.
  • adv. Face to face.
  • n. One that is face to face with or opposite to another.
  • n. A date or an escort, as at a party.
  • n. One that has the same functions and characteristics as another; a counterpart.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • prep. In relation to; compared with;
  • prep. Opposite, across from, set so as to be facing.
  • n. A small horse-drawn carriage for two people sitting facing each other.
  • n. One of two (or more) people facing or opposite each other during a formal dance, at a dinner table etc.
  • n. A date or escort in a social event.
  • n. A person holding a corresponding position in another organisation; a counterpart.
  • adj. face-to-face
  • adj. in relation to
  • adj. having two portraits facing each other
  • adv. face to face (with another)
  • adv. In a position facing a specified or implied subject.

Etymologies

French : vis, face + à, to.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French vis-à-vis ("face-to-face"). (Wiktionary)

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