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vis-a-vis

Legal Definition of vis-a-vis

Noun

  1. One of two persons or things that face each other
  2. A seat having an S-shaped back so arranged that two persons can sit side by side but facing in opposite directions

Definition of vis-a-vis

Etymology

    From French vis-à-vis (“face-to-face”).

Pronunciation

Preposition

vis-à-vis

  1. In relation to; compared with;

    Canada's role vis-a-vis the United States' in Afghanistan

  2. Opposite, across from, set so as to be facing.

    He was seated vis-a-vis the president.

Noun

vis-a-vis (plural vis-a-vis)

  1. (historical) A small horse-drawn carriage for two people sitting facing each other.

    * 1761, Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, vol. 3, Penguin 2003, p. 188:
    there is not a greater difference between a single-horse chair and madam Pompadour's vis a vis, than betwixt a single amour, and an amour thus nobly doubled

  2. One of two (or more) people facing or opposite each other during a formal dance, at a dinner table etc.

    * 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Daughter of the Regiment', Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio Society 2005, p. 136:
    That was what Miss McKenna said, and the Sergeant who was my vis-a-vis looked the same thing.

  3. A date or escort in a social event.

    Have you seen Mary's vis-a-vis before?

  4. A person holding a corresponding position in another organisation; a counterpart.

    I talked with my vis-a-vis in the French embassy.

Adjective

vis-a-vis (not comparable)

  1. face-to-face
  2. in relation to
  3. (numismatics, of a coin) having two portraits facing each other

Adverb

vis-a-vis

  1. face to face (with another)
  2. (archaic) In a position facing a specified or implied subject.

References:

  1. Wiktionary. Published under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

Translation of vis-a-vis in Malay

Vis-a-vis

Noun

  1. Vis-a-vis



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