• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rencounter A causal combat or action; a sudden contest or fight without premeditation, as between individuals or small parties. "The confederates should . . . outnumber the enemy in all rencounters and engagements."
    • Rencounter A meeting of two persons or bodies; a collision; especially, a meeting in opposition or contest; a combat, action, or engagement. "The justling chiefs in rude rencounter join."
    • Rencounter To attack hand to hand.
    • v. i Rencounter To meet unexpectedly; to encounter in a hostile manner; to come in collision; to skirmish.
    • Rencounter To meet unexpectedly; to encounter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rencounter To meet unexpectedly; fall in with.
    • rencounter To attack hand to hand; encounter.
    • rencounter To meet an enemy unexpectedly; clash; come in collision; fight hand to hand.
    • n rencounter An antagonistic or hostile meeting; a sudden coming in contact; collision; combat.
    • n rencounter A casual combat or action; a sudden contest or fight; a slight engagement between armies or fleets.
    • n rencounter Synonyms Skirmish, Brush, etc. See encounter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rencounter ren-kownt′ėr a meeting in contest: a casual combat: a collision
    • v.t Rencounter to encounter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. rencontrer,; pref. re-, + OF. encontrer, to encounter. See Encounter


In literature:

London is the place for strange rencounters.
"Lavengro The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by George Borrow
London is the place for strange rencounters.
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
Unfortunate it was for them that they came so soon after Mr Sudberry's unpleasant rencounter with one of their fraternity.
"Freaks on the Fells" by R.M. Ballantyne
Between these two vessels an unfortunate and silly rencounter followed.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
She put up a hand to her rolling breast, closed her eyes tightly, and gasped as though completely overcome by this trifling rencounter.
"The Wonder" by J. D. Beresford
Monsieur, that I am enchanted at this rencounter!
"Rosin the Beau" by Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
On his return he had several hostile rencounters with the natives, and reached Darien on the 19th of January, 1514.
"The American Quarterly Review, No. 17, March 1831" by Various
This rencounter was very pleasing.
"Three Years in the Federal Cavalry" by Willard Glazier
It was evident, she thought, that Emma as yet knew nothing of that strange rencounter on the stairs.
"Victor's Triumph" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Sylvie bowed, and looked straight on, remembering such a rencounter years agone.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas