The most common use of the phrase in English means 'with regard to' or 'in relation to'.
The earliest known uses of the phrase in English date from 1750, at which time it already meant three things depending on context. This is unusual for a new entry into the language.
Vis-à-vis, from the French language (literally "face to face"), is:
Vis-a-vis is a term that is used to describe objects