Etymology
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vis-a-vis (prep.)

1755, from French prepositional use of the adj. vis-à-vis "face to face," from Old French vis "face" (see visage).

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Definitions of vis-a-vis
1
vis-a-vis (n.)
a person or thing having the same function or characteristics as another;
Synonyms: counterpart / opposite number
vis-a-vis (n.)
small sofa that seats two people;
Synonyms: love seat / loveseat / tete-a-tete
2
vis-a-vis (adv.)
face-to-face with; literally `face to face';
they sat vis-a-vis at the table
I found myself vis-a-vis a burly policeman
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