rendezvous

noun
ren·​dez·​vous | \ ˈrän-di-ˌvü How to pronounce rendezvous (audio) , -dā-\
plural rendezvous\ ˈrän-​di-​ˌvüz How to pronounce rendezvous (audio) , -​dā-​ \

Definition of rendezvous

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a place appointed for assembling or meeting
b : a place of popular resort : haunt
2 : a meeting at an appointed place and time
3 : the process of bringing two spacecraft together

rendezvous

verb
ren·​dez·​vous | \ ˈrän-di-ˌvü How to pronounce rendezvous (audio) , -dā-\
rendezvoused\ ˈrän-​di-​ˌvüd How to pronounce rendezvoused (audio) , -​dā-​ \; rendezvousing\ ˈrän-​di-​ˌvü-​iŋ How to pronounce rendezvousing (audio) , -​dā-​ \; rendezvouses\ ˈrän-​di-​ˌvüz How to pronounce rendezvouses (audio) , -​dā-​ \

Definition of rendezvous (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to meet or come together at a particular time and place : come together for a rendezvous

transitive verb

1 : to bring together at a particular time and place : bring together for a rendezvous
2 : to meet at a rendezvous

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Examples of rendezvous in a Sentence

Noun

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 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 Sept. 1994 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 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 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 He was late for their rendezvous. The restaurant will be our rendezvous.

Verb

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 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 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 The cousins rendezvoused in New York before they flew to London. we'll rendezvous at the entrance to the park at 6:00 p.m.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Last month, the makeup artist shared an Instagram of their rendezvous for tea and avocado toast in London, proving their friendship is still going strong. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Served the Cutest Cookies at Her Baby Shower," 21 Feb. 2019 Despite being relatively light as far as spacecraft go, only about 700 kg including fuel, Parker Solar Probe will need to launch at an incredibly high velocity to make its rendezvous with the sun. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Spacecraft Engineering Required to "Touch the Sun"," 6 Aug. 2018 There was a reluctance to believe that the rendezvous maneuver was an easy thing. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 Soon after this, Joy’s jewelry, unbranded at the time, was brought on the set to add some sparkle to the final three seasons of Carrie Bradshaw’s Manhattan rendezvous. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, "New Jewelry Line Ilene Joy Launches With the Help of Poppy Delevingne and Sienna Miller," 6 Feb. 2019 In this state, Archie has a bizarre AF rendezvous with his besties Jughead, Veronica and Betty. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Did Archie Really Die On "Riverdale"'s Mid-Season Premiere?," 17 Jan. 2019 These empty capsules will travel to orbit, rendezvous with the ISS, dock, detach, and return for splash-down in the Atlantic. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America Is About to Take Back Human Spaceflight, and It's a Lot More Than Just Flag-Waving," 4 Jan. 2019 The vehicle deployed its solar panels on schedule and appears on course for a rendezvous with the International Space Station later this week. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "After 26 straight successes, SpaceX fails to land Falcon 9 it wanted back," 5 Dec. 2018 Roberts, who showed the Herald the written instructions for the rendezvous, never picked up the girl because Roberts met a man on the trip who would become her husband. Julie K. Brown, The Seattle Times, "Perversion of Justice: Even from jail, sex abuser manipulated the system. His victims were kept in the dark," 4 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Fortunately, four professional local pilots have rendezvoused with the Spirit, clambered up a shaky 75-foot rope ladder, and installed themselves on the bridge to help steer the ship through the narrow passage. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America's New Energy Coast," 19 Mar. 2019 Japan's largest warship, a sprawling, aircraft carrier-like destroyer, will protect a supply ship headed to rendezvous with a U.S. Navy carrier battle group. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Japan's Largest Warship to Guard U.S. Navy Ship for the First Time," 1 May 2017 On Monday an intrepid spacecraft called OSIRIS-REx officially rendezvoused with a 500-meter-wide asteroid. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Human Beings Can Teach Aliens About Probing the Solar System," 5 Dec. 2018 The basic Mars architecture makes sense, as the crew intends to launch from Earth to rendezvous in orbit with a larger Mars transit vehicle. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The First: Hulu’s new series about a human mission to Mars feels pretty real," 5 Sep. 2018 The Gemini 8 mission, commanded by Armstrong with David Scott as pilot, sought to rendezvous with an Agena target vehicle in low-Earth orbit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "First Man is a first-rate movie about America’s most revered astronaut," 12 Oct. 2018 At the end of the day, everyone rendezvoused for cocktails and the couples' favorite activity: karaoke. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Everything You Should Know About Property Brother Drew Scott and Linda Phan's Wedding," 5 June 2018 Ironically, Dad Vail himself was never a part of the tournament, which has hosted generations of racers, many of whom return each spring to rendezvous along the river. Roger Morris, Town & Country, "Big Daddy: America's Biggest College Rowing Event," 8 May 2014 The bombers will rendezvous with the tankers at a modest 25,000 feet but at a typical 450 mph. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "B-52 Bombers Could Quadruple Their Wing Bomb Loads," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of rendezvous

Noun

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1645, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for rendezvous

Noun and Verb

Middle French, from rendez vous present yourselves

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rendezvous

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rendezvous

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

rendezvous

verb

English Language Learners Definition of rendezvous (Entry 2 of 2)

: to meet at a particular time and place

rendezvous

noun
ren·​dez·​vous | \ ˈrän-di-ˌvü How to pronounce rendezvous (audio) , -dā-\
plural rendezvous\ -​ˌvüz \

Kids Definition of rendezvous

1 : a place agreed on for a meeting
2 : a planned meeting

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