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noun, ren·dez·vous \ˈrän-di-ˌvü, -dā-\

Simple Definition of rendezvous

  • : a meeting with someone that is arranged for a particular time and place and that is often secret

  • : a place where people agree to meet at a particular time

  • : a place where many people go to spend time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rendezvous

plural rendezvous play \-ˌvüz\

  1. 1 a :  a place appointed for assembling or meeting b :  a place of popular resort :  haunt

  2. 2 :  a meeting at an appointed place and time

  3. 3 :  the process of bringing two spacecraft together

Examples of rendezvous in a sentence

  1. But last July's rendezvous between the space shuttle Atlantis and the Russian Mir space station took place in a brand-new climate: the cold war is over, and budgets on both sides of the world are tight. —Fred Guterl, Discover, January 1996

  2. The hokeyness and childlike innocence of the scene … were endearing, in a Lost Boys sort of way, and I strolled over to the student-activities center for my rendezvous with my cadet informant thinking that The Citadel's version of martial culture was not so menacing after all. —Susan Faludi, New Yorker, 5 Sep. 1994

  3. Although roadside retreats have long been the haunt of individuals seeking discreet settings for an afternoon or evening rendezvous, the adult motel advertises and caters to a specific clientele. —William Wyckoff, Geographical Review, July 1992

  4. I was delighted to witness a rendezvous of about 60 cavers, who had come from as far as California, New York and even Switzerland, united in a common purpose. —David Roberts, Smithsonian, November 1988

  5. He left the car at Thirteenth Street, and might easily call at this hotel. It is a general rendezvous for visitors to the city. —Horatio Alger, The Errand Boy, 1888

  6. He was late for their rendezvous.

  7. The restaurant will be our rendezvous.

Origin of rendezvous

Middle French, from rendez vous present yourselves

First Known Use: 1582

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verb, ren·dez·vous \ˈrän-di-ˌvü, -dā-\

Simple Definition of rendezvous

  • : to meet at a particular time and place

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rendezvous

rendezvoused play \-ˌvüd\ rendezvousing play \-ˌvü-iŋ\ rendezvouses play \-ˌvüz\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to meet or come together at a particular time and place:  come together for a rendezvous (see 1rendezvous)

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to bring together at a particular time and place :  bring together for a rendezvous

  5. 2 :  to meet at a rendezvous

Examples of rendezvous in a sentence

  1. Despite a stuck antenna, the Galileo spacecraft successfully rendezvoused with the asteroid Gaspra last October, coming within 1,000 miles and snapping 150 photos for NASA's scrapbook. —Linda Shiner, Air & Space Smithsonian, February/March 1992

  2. Grabbing an extra suit of clothes and leaving the rest of his possessions on board with instructions to rendezvous the next day, he and his companions set off. —Ross E. Dunn, The Adventures of Ibn Battuta, 1986

  3. His two ships were separated in the fog, but rendezvoused according to plan in Dusky Bay in southwest New Zealand to pass the southern winter. —Daniel J. Boorstin, The Discoverers, 1983

  4. The cousins rendezvoused in New York before they flew to London.

  5. <we'll rendezvous at the entrance to the park at 6:00 p.m.>

Origin of rendezvous

(see 1rendezvous)

First Known Use: 1645

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RENDEZVOUS Defined for Kids


noun ren·dez·vous \ˈrän-di-ˌvü, -dā-\

Definition of rendezvous for Students

plural rendezvous \-ˌvüz\

  1. 1 :  a place agreed on for a meeting

  2. 2 :  a planned meeting

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