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1A chance meeting with someone:‘I was so well pleased with this rencounter that I forgot my resentment’
- 1.1 A battle, skirmish, or duel:‘three little rencounters have happened with the enemy’
- ‘The idea of a Morgan too sensitive for ‘base rencounters’ challenges belief a little, but perhaps it was so.’
- 1.1 A battle, skirmish, or duel:
Meet by chance:‘I wonder who those fellows were we rencountered last night’
Early 16th century: from French rencontre (noun), rencontrer meet face to face.
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