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From Middle French rencontre.


rencontre (plural rencontres)

  1. (now rare) A chance or unexpected meeting or encounter.
    • 1817, Walter Scott, Rob Roy:
      In the entrance-hall I was somewhat surprised, and my fair companion still more so, when we met Rashleigh Osbaldistone, who could not help showing equal wonder at our rencontre.
    • 1848. William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 5:
      Fancy our late monarch George III when he heard of the revolt of the North American colonies: fancy brazen Goliath when little David stepped forward and claimed a meeting; and you have the feelings of Mr. Reginald Cuff when this rencontre was proposed to him.



  • IPA(key): /ʁɑ̃.kɔ̃tʁ/
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rencontre f (plural rencontres)

  1. encounter
    J'ai fait la rencontre d'un ami aujourd'hui par hasard dans la rue. -- Today, I encountered a friend by chance in the street.
  2. meeting
    Il y a parfois des rencontres entre contributeurs du projet -- There are sometimes meetings between contributors to the project.
  3. fixture
    Il y a des rencontres de handball toutes les semaines dans ce stade -- there are handball fixtures every week in this stadium.

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  1. first-person singular present indicative of rencontrer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of rencontrer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of rencontrer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of rencontrer
  5. second-person singular imperative of rencontrer

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rencontre m (plural rencontres)

  1. meeting
    • 1595, Michel de Montaigne, Essais:
      Le rencontre m'en offrira le jour quelque autre fois plus apparent que celuy du midy: et me fera estonner de mon hesitation.
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