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From Old (and modern) French rencontrer (verb), rencontre (noun), corresponding to re- + Old French encontrer ‘encounter’.



rencounter (third-person singular simple present rencounters, present participle rencountering, simple past and past participle rencountered)

  1. (archaic, transitive) To meet, encounter, come into contact with.
  2. (obsolete) To attack hand to hand.


rencounter (plural rencounters)

  1. (archaic) An encounter between opposing forces; a conflict.
  2. (archaic) An encounter or chance meeting.
    • 1820, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe; a Romance. [], volume (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), Edinburgh: [] Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co. [], →OCLC:
      The Prior at length [] rode off with considerably less pomp, and in a much more apostolical condition, so far as worldly matters were concerned, than he had exhibited before this rencounter.