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


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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The rendezvous ended with the victim injured and on the ground in an alleyway, his belongings stolen, after he was robbed at gunpoint, Fort Lauderdale Police said. Angie Dimichele, Sun Sentinel, 4 May 2022 Earth’s northern and southern lights—the result of a rendezvous between magnetic fields, energized particles from the Sun, and our planet’s atmospheric admixture—are wondrous spectacles. Robin Andrews, Wired, 22 Feb. 2022 This means that to maneuver a spacecraft into a rendezvous (to orbit or land on it) would require a considerable velocity change; that would probably require too much fuel to be practical. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 11 Feb. 2022 One of her friends has planned a rendezvous with his extended family at a certain highway rest stop, just in case the cell networks collapse. Washington Post, 5 Feb. 2022 If there is one universal truth among families everywhere, it’s that both time and personal space are critical elements to consider when planning a family rendezvous. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 27 Apr. 2022 This is a not-so-secret rendezvous for those who love a chance to spread out, in a green and leafy woodland preserve, just around the corner from Sinai Hospital. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 23 Apr. 2022 Bystriyk, an officer with the Zaporizhzhia Territorial Defense Brigade, had just endured his own all-night drive to reach the rendezvous. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 Taking care of your skin after the long rendezvous with makeup is just as important for recovery and skin health. Alex Abel, Allure, 26 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Scientists have eagerly proposed possible missions to rendezvous with the object on or around its passage in 2029. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, 5 May 2022 Venus and Jupiter will rendezvous this weekend, with the two bright planets appearing to pass close to each other in what astronomers call a planetary conjunction. Aylin Woodward, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 As the stage enters the capture zone, Rocket Lab's Sikorsky S-92 helicopter will attempt to rendezvous with the returning stage and capture the parachute line via a hook. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 8 Apr. 2022 Destined to rendezvous with the Mir space station, the device was designed to help NASA study the effect of zero gravity on human hearts and lungs. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Mar. 2022 Afterward, the convoy will rendezvous with other participating truckers from across the nation. Alex Wittwer | Eo Media Group, oregonlive, 28 Feb. 2022 But since Inspiration4 doesn't have to rendezvous with the International Space Station or plans to place a satellite in a particular orbit, the normal timing restraints don't apply. John Mccarthy, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2021 In the film, Tony and María decide to rendezvous at a subway station after meeting in secret at her balcony after the dance. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 2 Dec. 2021 Stealth is vital in Kingsley's goal to rendezvous with fellow paratroopers who landed in France ahead of D-Day. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of rendezvous


1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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